NASA is about to launch the fastest manmade object ever
You've already heard plenty about the Parker Solar Probe over the past year or so, and with good reason. It's NASA's long-planned attempt to "Touch the Sun," and the probe will get far closer to our host star than any manmade object ever has. The mission will break ground in many different ways, but nobody seems to be paying attention to just how fast the plucky probe will actually be traveling.
NASA's plans for the probe include multiple orbits of the Sun, repeatedly slingshotting itself around the star and gathering vital science data each time it makes its approach. Its handlers will gradually bring the probe closer and closer to the Sun over its 6+ year mission, but by the time it begins its final orbits it's going to be moving faster than anything mankind has ever built before.
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