Send Your Name to the Sun. Attention Astronomy geeks – submit your name and it will be included in a memory card that will fly aboard NASA Parker Solar Probe spacecraft.
The Parker Solar will plunge through the Sun’s atmosphere, closer to the surface than any spacecraft before it, facing heat and radiation condition and hopefully will provide humanity with the first-ever close-up view of a star.
Submissions will be accepted through April 27, 2018. Register here.
About Parker Solar Probe
The Parker Solar Probe will swoop to within 4 million miles of the sun’s surface. Launching in 2018, Parker Solar Probe will provide new data on solar activity and make contributions to our ability to forecast major space-weather events that impact life on Earth.
In 2017, the mission was renamed for Eugene Parker, the S. Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago.
In the 1950s, Parker proposed concepts about how stars, including our Sun, give off energy. This is the first NASA mission that has been named for a living individual.
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP) will come as close as 3.9 million miles (6.2 million kilometers) to the Sun, well within the orbit of Mercury and more than seven times closer than any spacecraft has come before.
To perform these unprecedented investigations, the spacecraft and instruments will be protected from the Sun’s heat by a 4.5-inch-thick (11.43 cm) carbon-composite shield, which will need to withstand temperatures outside the spacecraft that reach nearly 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit (1,377 degrees Celsius).