It’s Friday so we start the day as we always do with a 360-degree video from the world wide web. As we’ve had a space themed sci-fi week it would be rude not to continue, but rather than space volcanoes or balloons slowly making their way through the atmosphere it’s time to embrace NASA’s attempt to ‘touch’ the Sun.
While the space agency is well versed in sending probes to other planets and the out reaches of our solar system, heading towards the Sun is another matter entirely. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will be its first attempt to travel directly into the Sun’s atmosphere about 4 million miles from the surface.
The spacecraft, about the size of a small car, was fitting to a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket which lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida this August. Parker Solar Probe will employ a combination of scientific investigations to improve our understanding of the corona and expand our knowledge of the origin and evolution of the solar wind.
The 360-degree video not only showcases the launch from several angles but goes behind the scenes, into the cavernous buildings where NASA assembles these giant machines prior to lift off.
Check out the video below and return next week for another one of Kev’s Life In 360° videos.