NASA has the hottest ticket in town - a trip to the sun

Send your name to the sun

NASA wants you to send your name to the Sun

More specifically, NASA will write all these names on a memory card which will be carried by the Parker Solar Probe for the duration of the mission.

The mission would be launched this summer for a trip to the sun's atmosphere about 6.4 million km from the surface to study how the star affects space and other planets. As Zurbuchen pointed out, the Parker Sun Probe has been designed and built to withstand high amounts of solar radiation and heat.

To perform these unprecedented investigations, the spacecraft and instruments will be protected from the Sun's heat by a 4.5-inch-thick carbon-composite shield, which will need to withstand temperatures outside the spacecraft that reach almost 2,500 F.

The US space agency on Tuesday said it would accept submissions until April 27, 2018.

At the most crucial moment of the journey, the probe will have to withstand almost 2,500 F (1,371 C) heats. The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, in Laurel, Maryland, manages the Parker Solar Probe mission for NASA.

Parker Solar Probe
You can send your name to the sun via a microchip installed on NASA’s upcoming Parker Solar Probe mission

If all goes according to plan, the Parker Solar Probe will zoom close to the sun 24 times between 2018 and 2025, gathering a variety of data about the sun's structure and magnetic and electric fields, as well as the energetic particles cruising near and away from Earth's star.

The spacecraft will approach the heart of our solar system at breakneck speeds of around 430,000 miles per hour.

Understanding the Sun has always been a top priority for space scientists.

"This incredible spacecraft is going to reveal so much about our star and how it works that we've not been able to understand, " project scientist Nicola Fox said in a NASA statement. Moreover, the Parker Solar Probe will spend some time studying how energy and heat move through the Sun's atmosphere.

"Come with us as we plunge through the sun's atmosphere, closer to the surface than any spacecraft before it, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions-and ultimately providing humanity with the first-ever close-up view of a star".

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