“A NASA spacecraft became the first to “touch the sun,” scientists announced Tuesday — a long-awaited milestone and a potential giant leap in understanding the sun’s influence on the solar system. The Parker Solar Probe successfully flew through the sun’s corona, or upper atmosphere, in April to sample particles and its magnetic fields, according to research published in the journal Physical Review Letters. The findings were also announced Tuesday at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in New Orleans...
“Justin Kasper, the study’s lead author and deputy chief technology officer at BWX Technologies, told The Washington Post that “touching” the sun with a probe, a long-sought mission, was “very exciting.”
“It feels like visiting a planet for the first time,” said Kasper, who is also a professor at the University of Michigan. “That was the sense of excitement we got.”
Read the full article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/12/15/nasa-touches-sun-spacecraft-parker/
Congratulations, Prof. Kasper!