Madhulika Guhathakurta, a Kolkata-conceived astrophysicist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has driven the ‘Living With a Star’ program at the US space organization for more than 15 years and been engaged with the beginning and execution of a sunlight based test mission since 1999. As Nasa’s Parker Solar Probe plans to set out on its voyage to the sun on Saturday, Malavika Vyawahare made up for lost time with Guhathakurta, 61, to see how the mission that will “contact” the sun could reform our comprehension of our most loved star.
What makes Parker Solar Probe exceptional?
Envision that we have sent shuttles to each planet in the nearby planetary group, including Voyager 1 which entered interstellar space. We have done the greater part of this, yet we have not gone near the sun. The satellites that are taking a gander at the sun, SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory), Stereo (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory), the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (Soho), are taking a gander at it from the vantage purpose of the earth.
Parker Solar Probe will visit an unexplored district of the close planetary system that no other rocket has experienced and, in that sense, the conceivable outcomes for revelations are off the diagrams. This mission is unprecedented in its capacity to conquer the mechanical difficulties of this cruel condition and truly cut through a touch of the sun’s crown, which is the furthest area of the sun’s air, and send back the information that researchers have looked for a considerable length of time.