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NASA wants to send your name to the sun aboard Parker Solar Probe

Parker Solar Probe, which is National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) first-ever spacecraft to the sun, is reportedly going to launch this summer. If you want to send your name to the Sun, here’s a golden chance. If you are selected, your name will be entered in a microchip that will go all the way to the sun onboard the historic solar probe.

The Parker Solar Probe mission will help space scientists understand the sun better and study how the sun affects space and other planets. The spacecraft’s primary goal will be to explore what accelerates the solar wind and solar energetic particles.

“This probe will journey to a region humanity has never explored before,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This mission will answer questions scientists have sought to uncover for more than six decades.”

The spacecraft will be about the size of a small car. It will travel directly into the Sun’s atmosphere about 4 million miles from the star’s surface, closer than any other spacecraft. The spacecraft and all other instruments will be protected by a 4.5-inch-thick carbon-composite shield to withstand temperatures as hot as 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. The probe will travel at approximately 430,000 mph.

Star Trek fame’s William Shatner has already signed up to send his name to the sun. Shatner is also inviting others to do the same.

“The spacecraft will also carry my name to the sun, and your name, and the names of everyone who wants to join this voyage of extreme exploration,” Shatner says in the video. You can watch Shatner’s video below.

Those interesting in sending their names can enter their name and email address on NASA’s official website. You will get an email as confirmation to complete the registration. Submissions will be accepted only until April 27.

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Megha Kedia

Megha Kedia

Megha is a seasoned reporter with over six years of experience covering news in technology, science and related fields. At The Space News, Megha covers space research & technology news.

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