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Parker Solar Probe Reports Good Status After Close Solar Approach

7 Nov 2018, 22:20 UTC
Parker Solar Probe Reports Good Status After Close Solar Approach NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Ed Whitman

Parker Solar Probe is alive and well after skimming by the Sun at just 15 million miles from our star's surface. This is far closer than any spacecraft has ever gone — the previous record was set by Helios B in 1976 and broken by Parker on Oct. 29 — and this maneuver has exposed the spacecraft to intense heat and solar radiation in a complex solar wind environment.

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