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.
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. 2018-10-31 07:30:08 (First version)
NASA's "Parker Solar Probe" spacecraft becomes the closest ever sent to the sun , by passing 42.7 million km (26. 6 million miles) f ro m t h e s un 's s urf ac e. The previous record was set in 1976 by the "Helios 2" spacecraft . P a r k e r ' s e l l i p t i c a l o r b i t w i l l e v e n t u a l l y t a k e i t t o w i t h i n 6 . 1 m i l l i o n k m ( 3 . 8 m i l l i o n m i l e s ) o f t h e s u n. (Current version)
NASA launches the "Parker Solar Probe", an unpiloted spacecraft designed to study the sun. 2018-08-12 (Context: NASA, Parker Solar Probe, sun)
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory confirms earlier observations by Indian Space Research Organisation's Astrosat space observatory of a rotating black hole in the binary star system 4U 1630-47, which is spinning close to the speed of light, one of the fastest ever observed. 2018-11-8 (Context: NASA)
NASA's "Dawn" spacecraft exhausts all of its hydrazine fuel propellant and without a functioning maneuvering system enters into uncontrolled motion around dwarf planet Ceres, thus ending its 11-year mission. 2018-11-1 (Context: NASA)
NASA announces that the "Kepler" spacecraft has expended all its fuel and will be retired after nearly 10 years of service, having found more than 2,600 exoplanets. 2018-10-30 (Context: NASA)
Wolf 503b, a super-Earth exoplanet twice the size of Earth, is discovered orbiting Wolf 503 ru 503 145 light years away by American, German, and Canadian researchers via the NASA Kepler Space Telescope. 2018-09-6 (Context: NASA)