Send Your Name to Touch the Sun on NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Launching Summer 2018

Illustration of the Parker Solar Probe
spacecraft approaching the Sun.  Credits:
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Ken Kremer     SpaceUpClose.com     9 Mar 2018
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – NASA is
inviting the public from all across the world to send their names to touch the
sun on the agencies groundbreaking Parker Solar Probe mission
launching in summer 2018.
NASA’s Parker Solar
Probe will fly ‘Where no Earth probe has gone before!’
Parker will directly into the Sun’s
atmosphere to within about 4 million miles from the surface of our stars
unbearable scorching surface and that keeps us all alive.
“The mission will travel through the Sun’s
atmosphere, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions — and your name will go
along for the ride,” says NASA.


A state-of-the-art 4.5-inch-thick
carbon-composite shield will protect Parker from beyond blow torch temperatures
reaching nearly 2,500 F as it studies the sun with a suite of four science
instruments.


Your opportunity to sign up for this ‘Hot Ticket’ and have
your name placed on a microchip installed on Parker is available only for the
next few weeks.
This limited time offer from NASA can be found at this link:   
The deadline to submit your name is April 27, 2018.
After submitting and confirming your name, you can even print
your very cool looking boiling ‘Hot Ticket.’ 
Be aware that it might take a few hours to get your confirmation email.
Klingon agents are scouting about on high alert.
Send your name to the
Sun, via a microchip installed on NASA’s upcoming Parker Solar Probe mission.
Submissions will be accepted until April 27, 2018.  Credits: NASA
Take it from Star Trek’s Captain Kirk (William Shatner) personally
inviting you to ride along in this short video invitation:

Video Caption: Star Trek’s William Shatner, on behalf
of NASA, invites you to send your name where it’s never gone before: the Sun,
by way of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe.  Credits: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight
Center/Rich Melnick

Kirk’s name and mine are already onboard!
Will you join us for this one time only scorching
experience?
“The primary science goals for the mission are
to trace how energy and heat move through the solar corona and to explore what
accelerates the solar wind as well as solar energetic particles. The mission
will revolutionize our understanding of the Sun, where changing conditions can
spread out into the solar system, affecting Earth and other worlds,” says NASA.
NASA’s
Parker Solar Probe will launch on a United Launch Alliance triple barrel Delta
IV Heavy rocket in August 2018
In May 2017, NASA renamed the spacecraft from
the Solar Probe Plus to
The Parker Solar Probe is named in honor of
astrophysicist Eugene Parker, S. Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor
Emeritus, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago.
It was previously known as Solar Probe Plus.

This was the first time NASA named a spacecraft
for a living individual.
“This probe will journey to a region humanity
has never explored before,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator
for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This
mission will answer questions scientists have sought to uncover for more than
six decades.”
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Watch for Ken’s continuing onsite coverage of NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and more space and mission reports direct from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Stay tuned here for Ken's continuing Earth and Planetary science and human spaceflight news. Dr. Kremer is a research scientist and journalist based in the KSC area, active in outreach and interviewed regularly on TV and radio about space topics. Ken’s photos are for sale and he is available for lectures and outreach events.

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