Spacecraft With Revolutionary Heat Shield Will "Touch The Sun"

NASA has unveiled a "cutting-edge heat shield" that will make it possible for a space probe to "touch the sun" — or at least get a spacecraft to within 4 million miles of it, which scientists are hailing as nothing short of a "revolutionary" development in space technology. 

The announcement was made via the official site as the launch of the Parker Solar Probe is readied for its August 4 liftoff date: "The launch of Parker Solar Probe, the mission that will get closer to the Sun than any human-made object has ever gone, is quickly approaching, and on June 27, 2018, Parker Solar Probe’s heat shield — called the Thermal Protection System, or TPS — was installed on the spacecraft."

Image source: NASA

The heat shield, measuring eight feet in diameter, will reach nearly 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit while keeping the probe's instruments at about 85 degrees, allowing the probe to "collect unprecedented data" on the giant ball of fire and earth's most vital source of energy, previously impossible to access without a protective shield, and will allow "the spacecraft’s orbit will carry it to within 4 million miles of the Sun's fiercely hot surface," according to NASA

For comparison, the closest that planet Mercury ever gets to the sun during its orbit is approximately 29 million miles, allowing surface temperatures to reach 800 degrees Fahrenheit (430 °C). And Earth’s average distance to the sun is 93 million miles. At the core of the sun, temperatures can reach more than 27 million degrees Fahrenheit (15 million °C), scientists have estimated. 

The TPS shield will enable the probe to reach more than seven times closer than any spacecraft has come before, to within the sun's outer atmosphere known as the corona, as a NASA statement explains, "Parker Solar Probe will employ a combination of in situ measurements and imaging to revolutionise our understanding of the corona and expand our knowledge of the origin and evolution of the solar wind."

And further NASA has defined the mission as to "trace how energy and heat move through the solar corona and to explore what accelerates the solar wind as well as solar energetic particles."

Via Mail Online

The description of the heat shield is as follows:

The heat shield is made of two panels of superheated carbon-carbon composite sandwiching a lightweight 4.5-inch-thick carbon foam core. The Sun-facing side of the heat shield is also sprayed with a specially formulated white coating to reflect as much of the Sun’s energy away from the spacecraft as possible.

The Parker Solar Probe itself is about the size of a car but is light-weight, along with its protective shield:

The heat shield itself weighs only about 160 pounds — here on Earth, the foam core is 97 percent air. Because Parker Solar Probe travels so fast — 430,000 miles per hour at its closest approach to the Sun, fast enough to travel from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., in about one second — the shield and spacecraft have to be light to achieve the needed orbit.

The agency has previously said the probe will "touch the sun" when it arrives at the star's outer atmosphere, revealing more than ever before about its mysterious "inner workings," according to researchers. 


LiteBeeer are we there yet Sat, 07/07/2018 - 05:45 Permalink

Still believe the liar NASA?

It's all hoax and CGI. Nothing but Walt Disney tales.

The earth is flat.

The so called planets do not draw crazy spirals around the sun which itself is shooting at 66600 miles/h. There is no magical rubber-band gravity holding all this up. There is a place where all this exists: In the lying mind of Satan. Earth tilted 66.6 degrees (90 - 23.4).

Reprobate minds already carry the mark of the beast.

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economists_do_… LiteBeeer Sat, 07/07/2018 - 11:05 Permalink

Lots of down-votes from all the indoctrinated saps who aren't aware NASA openly *admits* they cannot leave low Earth orbit.  The whole thing is a scam.  Space is not what they say it is.  NASA lies.  We live on a flat plane.  Dunk a tennis ball in a bucket of water and then spin it around.  Does the water "stick" to it or fly off?  "Science" is no longer science -- it has become a religious belief system for the mindless.

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indio007 factorypreset Sun, 07/08/2018 - 09:15 Permalink

There is no other side. it's not a space disk.


You want proof. We have reams of measurement data of guess what? The earth itself.


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On one hand we have measurements by laser,accelerometer ,gyro,and dozens "impossible" long distance images of greater than 400KM

On the other we have press releases and imagery depicting physics that we can not demonstrate. Like vacuum next to non-vacuum with no barrier,curved water surfaces,orbits,materials subject simultaneously to -250F and +350F temperature, dissipation of heat in a vacuum.




You believe that stuff without evidence and other dumb stuff like this article, diamond rain on Jupiter, Uranus smells like fart, neutron stars can spin 70000 time per second,

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geno-econ Automatic Choke Sat, 07/07/2018 - 09:54 Permalink

Correct.  It is a fusion reaction converting Hydrogen to Helium and in the process releasing enormous energy over a period of 4 plus Billion years.  Essentially, the Sun is a long life battery providing mankind existence as long as the battery lasts. The battery is now half worn out, but not to worry, we still have another 2 Billion years left,if we do not self destruct.

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bshirley1968 CoolClo Sat, 07/07/2018 - 09:30 Permalink

And they are so sloppy.....lets you know how stupid they think we are....and actually how stupid so many are.

Riddle me this: If the surface of a planet 29 million miles from the sun gets 800 degrees, how is a shield the size of a car hood going to keep this "satellite" at 85 degrees at only 4 million miles? And you see those antennas sticking out here and there to gather "data"? Better be some serious material to handle the heat.

You can give me all the bullshit you want about "cold space". The heat of the sun travels 93 million miles and will cook your ass in a day in Death Valley. You might think that "heat" leaves the sun, disappears in the vacuum of space, and then "heats back up" when it gets to earth, but I don't buy it. Point way thus satellite stays under 90 degrees that close to the sun.

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begintowin bshirley1968 Sat, 07/07/2018 - 10:19 Permalink

It doesn't sound plausible to me either.

Let's say I enter a blast furnace that surrounds me with thermal energy that radiates enough heat for me to spontaneously combust. I am not wearing a suit that covers my entire body, but instead carry a shield like Wonder Woman to protect that part of my body that is immediately behind the shield. The heat from the furnace will still envelope the entire area of my body within the effective zone of hell-fire produced by the furnace.

I would be so dead and so will this taxpayer funded flying instrument package, in my opinion.

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