NASA Probe Touches the Sun’s Photosphere for the First Time #SpaceSaturday

With the Parker Solar Probe, NASA set controls for the heart of the sun. The sun doesn’t have a surface in the way the Earth does, since the sun is a ball of gas. The sun does have an atmosphere, and that is what the probe has penetrated. Here’s more from MOTHERBOARD:

“Parker Solar Probe ‘touching the Sun’ is a monumental moment for solar science and a truly remarkable feat,” Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said in a press release. “Not only does this milestone provide us with deeper insights into our Sun’s evolution and its impacts on our solar system, but everything we learn about our own star also teaches us more about stars in the rest of the universe.”

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