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NASA's "Parker Solar Probe" spacecraft becomes the closest ever sent to the sun, by passing 42.7 million km (26.6 million miles) from the sun's surface. The previous record was set in 1976 by the "Helios 2" spacecraft. Parker's elliptical orbit will eventually take it to within 6.1 million km (3.8 million miles) of the sun.

America's audacious mission to "touch the Sun" has now got nearer to our star than any previous human-made object.

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  1. NASA's "Parker Solar Probe" spacecraft becomes the closest ever sent to the Sun by passing from the Sun's surface to a current new record of 42.73 million km (26.55 million miles) - only slightly inside the orbit of the Mercury. The previous record was set in April 1976 by the "Helios 2" spacecraft.
  2. NASA's "Parker Solar Probe" spacecraft becomes the closest ever sent to the sun, by passing 42.7 million km (26.6 million miles) from the sun's surface. The previous record was set in 1976 by the "Helios 2" spacecraft. Parker's elliptical orbit will eventually take it to within 6.1 million km (3.8 million miles) of the sun.

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