Summer Series Episode 1: Parker Solar Probe to Touch the Sun

NASA Parker Solar Probe Science briefing. Credit: NASA.

In the first of a three part Podcast Summer Series we’ll be bringing you recent talks on topics we think are important and that you’ll find interesting. Our regular interviews will resume in September.

This week, and only days after the launch, we have a talk from earlier this year from the South by Southwest Music Festival. The topic, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe. The speakers are Project Scientist Nicola Fox and Lead Thermal Protection System Engineer Elizabeth Congdon, both from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

According to NASA the “historic Parker Solar Probe mission will revolutionize our understanding of the Sun, where changing conditions can propagate out into the solar system, affecting Earth and other worlds. Parker Solar Probe will travel through the Sun’s atmosphere, closer to the surface than any spacecraft before it, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions — and ultimately providing humanity with the closest-ever observations of a star.”

As you’ll hear, the story of this mission started 60 years ago. It’s a fascinating story and for the first time humanity will send a spacecraft that will touch the sun. Listen in…

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About Marc Boucher

Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceQ Media Inc. and CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef Interactive LLC. Boucher has 20+ years working in various roles in the space industry and a total of 30 years as a technology entrepreneur including creating Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine.

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