What would we do without our Sun? We would die, literally, along with all the other life forms on Earth. And if conditions from Mars or Enceladus are capable of sustaining life, they would be annihilated without the presence of our Sun. But how does our star work and why it produces such tremendous amounts of energy daily, without skipping its job even for a minute? These are questions for which humanity has found some answers, but there will always be skeptics and debates among scientists.
A new project is intended to shatter some doubts and explore the Sun up-close. As unrealistic as it may sound, due to the extremely high temperatures of the Sun, it might be possible.
The launch will occur during Q1 of 2020
The Solar Orbiter is the result of the hard work of UK’s leading experts in electronics, detectors, and sensor technology. It was built by Airbus to explore the Sun’s most fundamental processes. The launch is scheduled for February 5, 2020.
Dr Andrzej Fludra from RAL Space at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, declared:
“The primary goal is to understand the physics of all these processes on the Sun and in the heliosphere, in the inner part of the heliosphere. It’s solving the fundamental physics questions.”
Scientists are most interested in the measure of solar winds and coronal mass ejections of scorching plasma erupting from the Sun. Also, the project is intended to explore the solar polar regions via spectral observations.
NASA will provide support for Solar Orbiter
The guys from NASA are happily willing to offer support for the launch of the space probe created in the UK. Therefore, the notorious American space agency wants to blast the Solar Orbiter into orbit.
After the launch at the beginning of 2020, the space probe will need two years to get close enough to the Sun – within 26 million miles (42 million km). And if you think that’s not close enough, think again! Venus is way farther from the Sun, 108.2 million km, and its surface is like a vision of Hell: the average temperature is 462 degrees Celsius.
Therefore, getting the Solar Orbiter closer to the Sun than it is intended to, might get it cooked.