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NASA spacecraft ‘touches’ sun for the first time

A NASA spacecraft has officially ‘touched’ the sun, successfully flowing through the sun’s corona sixty years after NASA set the goal.

NASA launched the Parker Solar Probe three years ago to sample particles and our star’s magnetic fields.

The associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen, termed it a ‘monumental moment’ and a ‘remarkable feat’ for solar science.

The announcement was made at the 2021 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in New Orleans, and the latest findings are also published by the American Physical Society.

Zurbuchen said the milestone provides us with deeper insights into our sun’s evolution and its impact on our solar system.

The spacecraft has already revealed surprising finds about the sun, including the discovery of switchbacks in 2019. They are magnetic zig-zag structures in the solar wind that originate from the solar surface.