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|NASA solar probe becomes fastest object ever built as it 'touches the sun'|
The Parker Solar Probe was clocked at over 330,000 miles per hour as it zipped through the sun's outer atmosphere.
May 2, 2021 6:50 p.m. PT
Nothing built by human hands has ever traveled faster than NASA's Parker Solar Probe, a diminutive, scorch-proof spacecraft about the size of a small car that is practically "touching the sun." In late April, it smashed two wild space records, dethroning the previous champion -- which also happened to be NASA's Parker Solar Probe -- and its journey is really just beginning.
The probe, which launched in August 2018 on a mission to study the sun, has been flying ever closer to our solar system's furnace, using the planet Venus as a slingshot. On April 29, during its closest approach to the sun (known as "perihelion"), Parker was traveling at an almost unfathomable speed -- fast enough to circle the Earth 13 times in a single hour.
Parker set two records back in February 2020:
Fastest human-made object: 244,255 mph (393,044 km/h).
Closest spacecraft to the sun: 11.6 million miles (18.6 million kilometers).
But those records have now been surpassed. The latest:
Fastest human-made object: 330,000 mph (532,000 km/h).
Closest spacecraft to the sun: 6.5 million miles (10.4 million kilometers).
Read more/full article/source - https://www.cnet.com/news....the-sun