NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is now the closest to the Sun that any spacecraft has ever been
NASA's much-hyped mission to "touch the Sun" has only been underway for a couple of months, but it's already achieved something that no other spacecraft before it has. The plucky Parker Solar Probe is now closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft before it, coming within 26.55 million miles of our star on October 29th, and of course it's still pushing onward.
Its current distance from the Sun is still quite large, but that'll change as the probe continues to creep closer and closer, eventually reaching just a few million miles from the center of the Solar System. Its closest approach should bring it within 3.83 million miles of the star, which is why the spacecraft had to be outfitted with such extraordinary protection technology.
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