Send your name to the Sun aboard NASA's Parker Solar Probe

Want to touch the Sun? NASA invites the public for first solar mission

People can submit their names to board NASA's Parker Solar Probe for its mission to "touch the sun".

Nasa is on course to launch the first spacecraft to the Sun's atmosphere in the summer - and it wants to include a list of space fans' names on the star-bound vessel.

"This mission will answer questions scientists have sought to uncover for more than six decades", Zurbuchen added.

NASA is giving people the chance to send their names to the sun aboard its Parker Solar Probe, which will plunge into our star's atmosphere on a quest for science.

The Parker Solar Probe, which is named after solar astrophysicist Eugene Parker, will carry the mission of venturing into the atmosphere of the sun to try to unlock the secrets of the host star of the solar system. The mission's primary science goal is 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. Don't. A shield of 4.5-inch-thick carbon composite will keep your data safe from the almost 2,500-degree heat outside the craft.

"This incredible spacecraft is going to reveal so much about our star and how it works that we've not been able to understand", Fox added. Calling it the "hottest ticket this summer", NASA is accepting submissions for the historic journey until April 27. The announcement was made at a ceremony at the University of Chicago, where Parker serves as the S. Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

NASA missions are most often renamed after launch and certification.

Anxious your namesake data will melt within the sun's atmosphere?

Those instruments will make a variety of measurements, helping to characterize the sun's structure, magnetic and electric fields and the solar wind, the stream of charged particles flowing from our star.

The car-sized probe will soar at some 430,000 miles per hour as it makes its closest approach to the sun, NASA said - fast enough to travel to Tokyo from D.C.in under a minute. The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, in Laurel, Maryland, manages the Parker Solar Probe mission for NASA.

"The spacecraft will also carry my name to the sun, and your name, and the names of everyone who wants to join this voyage of extreme exploration", Shatner said in the video.

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