NASA invites you to send your name to the Sun

Here’s a golden opportunity for you to send your name to the Sun. Yes, NASA is giving you a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity for your name to ride along on its mission to the Sun. The space agency is inviting people around the world to submit their names online to be placed on a memory card that would be included on the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft. You have time until April 27, to complete the registration process – to send your name to the sun.

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In May 2017, NASA renamed the spacecraft from the Solar Probe Plus to the Parker Solar Probe in honour of astrophysicist Eugene Parker. The mission will launch in summer 2018 and will be placed within four million miles of the sun’s surface, and facing heat and radiation unlike any spacecraft in history. “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.

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 nearly 2,500 F. The spacecraft can travel at a speed of 430,000 mph.

“The spacecraft, about the size of a small car, will travel directly into the Sun’s atmosphere about 4 million miles from the star’s surface. 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.”, NASA said in a statement.

So, if you want to send your name to the sun on the first-ever mission to Sun, then you need to register yourself before April 27, 2018. To know more, visit the official website of NASA.

 

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    • Motivelina on March 12, 2018 at 01:27
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    Oh I heard about this yesterday… I think it is such a cool idea to send your name to space 😀 Did you register yours?

    • Ann Snook-Moreau on March 12, 2018 at 02:39
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    That’s such a neat idea! I love that it’s heat protected so everyone’s data can withstand the sun’s environment.

    • laveremis on March 12, 2018 at 06:49
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    Wow– How fascinating! I hadn’t heard about this project yet. You have certainly compelled me to read more and possible get my name on that list. So interesting!

    • twinspirationalparties on March 12, 2018 at 09:40
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    How interesting! We need to register so we can send our name to the Sun! This is such a cool idea.

    • Elizabeth O on March 12, 2018 at 14:13
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    This is such a fantastic idea. How cool would it be to know your message has gone to the sun!

    • miljance93mommysup on March 13, 2018 at 01:14
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    I am adding some names right now! 🙂 My whole family will be on my ticket! 🙂

    • hillcitybride on March 13, 2018 at 02:09
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    Ha! I love this idea. I’ll never get in space, but my name can. I can say “Jennifer Prince” has been there. Lol.

    • Nathan Reid on March 14, 2018 at 20:49
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    Wow! This is really a great opportunity. I would love my name to be send. Thanks for sharing.

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