Nasa’s Parker Solar Probe films itself touching the Sun. Nasa’s Parker Solar Probe is the first spacecraft to touch the Sun as it flew by.
Nasa announced that the Parker Solar Probe has passed the boundary that marks the edge of the Sun’s atmosphere, which they call the Alfven critical surface.
Nasa estimates that the boundary is anywhere between 4.3 to 8.6 million miles away from the surface of the Sun.
“Passing through the pseudostreamer was like flying into the eye of a storm. Inside the pseudostreamer, the conditions quieted, particles slowed, and the number of switchbacks dropped.”
“A dramatic change from the busy barrage of particles the spacecraft usually encounters in the solar wind,” stated NASA.
Film of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe touching the Sun: