Parker Solar Probe

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Christopher K.
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Parker Solar Probe

Post by Christopher K. » March 12th, 2018, 4:21 pm

The Parker Solar Probe will launch between 31 July and 19 August from Kennedy Space Center on board a Delta IV-Heavy. It will investigate how the corona is heated and how the solar wind is accelerated. The Probe was named for Eugene Parker, who developed a number of ideas the Probe was actually constructed to test.

One can acquire a "Hot Ticket" to place his or her name on board a microchip which will travel with the craft.

More information:
https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/pa ... -to-a-star

Here's how to get your "Hot Ticket"...
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/20 ... ch-the-sun

About Dr. Parker:
https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/eu ... man-parker

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Re: Parker Solar Probe

Post by Christopher K. » July 18th, 2018, 5:23 pm

Friday at 12pm NASA will air the pre-launch science briefing for the Parker Solar Probe. Scheduled participants in the briefing are...
*Alex Young, solar scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
*Nicola Fox, Parker Solar Probe project scientist at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)
*Betsy Congdon, Parker Solar Probe Thermal Protection System lead engineer at APL

The Probe will leave Earth no earlier than 6 August, on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket.

More information...
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa ... -touch-sun
https://blogs.nasa.gov/parkersolarprobe ... ug-6-2018/

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Re: Parker Solar Probe

Post by Christopher K. » July 21st, 2018, 6:48 pm

Tonight at 10pm CDT, NASA-TV will rebroadcast the pre-launch science briefing for the Parker Solar Probe. The briefing will be reshown also at 8am CDT, 11am CDT and 5pm CDT tomorrow.

The Probe has a slew of instruments to allow measurement of the Sun's magnetic and electric fields, and the corona and the solar wind, and to count the electrons, protons and helium ions.

More information:
https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/pa ... nstruments

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Re: Parker Solar Probe

Post by Christopher K. » August 2nd, 2018, 1:44 pm

Eugene Parker is one of several listed in the program for the 2018 NASA Administrator's Agency Honor Awards...
https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/file ... rogram.pdf

The event took place earlier today and NASA-TV will replay it at 3pm CDT, 7pm CDT and 9pm CDT.

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Re: Parker Solar Probe

Post by Christopher K. » August 10th, 2018, 5:30 pm

The time has arrived! At 5:30pm CDT (right now), NASA-TV will broadcast live the tower rollback for the Parker Solar Probe. Then, it somewhat rapid succession...
6:30pm = "How the Parker Solar Probe Helps NASA" (live from Kennedy)
7:30pm = general Parker Solar Probe programming
8pm = replay of renaming of mission after University of Chicago physicist Eugene Parker
9pm = general Parker Solar Probe programming
10pm = replay of Parker Solar Probe Science Briefing
11pm = general Parker Solar Probe programming

And tomorrow...
12am = replay of Parker Solar Probe Science Briefing
1am = replay of Parker Solar Probe Pre-Launch Mission Briefing
2am = Parker Solar Probe launch coverage begins
2:33am to 3:38am = Parker Solar Probe launch window

If the launch takes place it will be rebroadcast tomorrow at 8am CDT, 1pm CDT, 5pm CDT and 9pm CDT.

More information:
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/20 ... o-lift-off

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