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Parker Solar Probe: Already a Record Setter

9 Nov 2018, 20:12 UTC
Parker Solar Probe: Already a Record Setter HO/AFP/Getty Images

After the Parker Solar Probe’s close pass, the spacecraft has gone nearer the Sun than any other craft. The Helios B probe was the previous recorder holder, setting the mark back in 1976. Helios B reached perihelion in April of 1976 at a distance of 43.4 million kilometers (26.9 million miles), inside the orbit of Mercury. A record the Parker probe surpassed with ease.

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