“After eight years of hard work, our dream has come true: We finally have a spacecraft,” said SpaceIL CEO Ido Anteby.
A single ping was all it took to send mission control into a engineering party celebration that welcomed the newest explorer to the surface of Mars.
At its closest approach on Nov. 5, called perihelion, Parker Solar Probe reached a top speed of 213,200 miles per hour, setting a new record for spacecraft speed.
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, about the size of a small car, will travel directly into our Sun's atmosphere about 4 million miles from the star's surface, closer than any manmade object has ever come to our home star. The historic mission that will revolutionize our understanding of the Sun is scheduled to launch on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018.
At closest approach, the Parker Solar Probe will travel around the Sun at approximately 430,000 mph (700,000 kph). That's fast enough to get from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., in one second.
The site helped launch some incredibly important missions for NASA, including a trio of Mars rovers, countless satellites, and several orbiters that visited planets in our solar system.
If the retrieval and the return journey are successful, the asteroid material could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth.
It was a beautiful, magical day in Murphy, North Carolina as the skies were perfectly clear for the entire day. The air cooled, the strangest gray took over your eyesight, and the crickets chirped crazily. As the Total Solar Eclipse took over the sky, Jupiter and Venus glowed to the west of the corona. The four minutes go by incredibly fast but the memory is truly burned into your memory.