"New Frontiers Of Space Exploration": NASA Publishes For The First Time Parker Probe Data

The US space agency has made data files and graphic screens available to Internet users.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA, for its acronym in English) published on Tuesday for the first time scientific data collected by the Parker probe during its first two solar orbits, as announced in a post uploaded on its website.

"The Parker solar probe is crossing new frontiers of space exploration giving us a lot of new information about the Sun," said Nour E. Raouafi, a member of the Johns Hopkins Laboratory of Applied Physics, who runs this NASA mission. "The publication of this data allows people not only to contribute to the success of the mission together with the scientific community, but also to increase the opportunity for new discoveries to the next level," he added.

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What is it for?

NASA explained that the information, in the form of data files and graphic screens, is already available in different sections of its portal for interested Internet users to use and analyze it in any way they wish. The data includes measurements made between October 31 and November 12, 2018 and March 30 and April 19 of this year, when the probe reached 0.25 astronomical units of the sun, which is equivalent to about 37 million kilometers.

Parker has been observing the characteristics of the solar wind – such as fields, waves, flows and particles – especially in the crown, which is the immediate environment surrounding this star located in the center of our solar system. It is also expected that the probe will continue to approach the sun in the coming years until it is located just under 6.5 million kilometers from its surface, something that no spacecraft has achieved before.

NASA scientists hope to publish at the end of this year the first scientific results of the mission, which was launched in 2018 and will be active until 2025. They also pointed out that the Parker solar probe serves significantly to "forecast the main events. of space weather that affect life on Earth. "

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