A few months back, Solar Probe launched by NASA made two attempts and passed by closest to the Sun than any other space vehicle reached, so far. The probe succeeded to gather as much information as per its capability. This recently gathered data can help scientists to know more about the sun. The data of 22 Gigabytes, collected by the spacecraft during two attempts, has been transmitted to the team of researchers at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Maryland. Moreover, the telecommunications system set in the spacecraft is also very efficient.
Soon after the launch, Parker’s ground team noticed that the probe could transmit data at higher downstream rate. Making use of the probe’s this ability, the scientists instructed the spacecraft to transmit even more data, gathered during the second attempt to reach close to the Sun in April. The probe was equipped with four sets of data-capturing sensors. Therefore, the team is anticipating to obtain additional data of 25 Gigabytes from July 24, 2019, to August 15, 2019.
The spacecraft is again ready to conduct its third similar flight during this month-end and will approach closest to the Sun on September 1, 2019. The team has decided to publicize the data collected from the first two encounters later this year.
On a related note, last month, NASA and Lockheed Martin—US-based global aerospace, security, defense, and advanced tech company—confirmed that the construction of the Orion crew capsule is completed. The capsule will be used in the uncrewed Artemis 1 moon-landing mission.
Both the space giants are putting efforts to integrate the capsule with the service module. Before the mission launch decided to be set in early 2020, the companies will have to assemble and test the spacecraft.
Artemis 2—the first crewed mission—is expected to be launched in 2022.