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Questions tagged [solar-probe]

"Solar Probe" refers to the "Parker Solar Probe", a NASA mission to explore the sun and answer key questions about its corona and the solar wind. The Parker Solar Probe is also referred to as the "Solar Probe Plus". Use the "Parker Solar Probe" tag instead of "Solar Probe" since that is now the official NASA designation.

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Was there a prototype for Solar Probe's hybrid Heat Shield/Antenna?

An early concept of the Solar Probe (reborn as Solar Probe Plus then Parker Solar Probe) used parabolic antenna with a heat-resistant nadir facing side to double as a heat shield. While sourcing this ...
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How large are the various forces and torques that the Parker Solar Probe will experience during its closest flyby of the Sun?

The Parker Solar Probe will experience forces and torques as it passes within about 8.5 solar radii of the Sun's surface that even a General Products hull will not protect it from. How large will the ...
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How does the Parker Solar Probe's heat shield protect it from dust near the sun?

In this answer the survival of the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft passing as close as 9 solar radii from the Sun's surface is discussed. Using guestimates for apoapsis and periapsis of 1.1 $a_{venus}$,...
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Have any spacecraft been launched or proposed to make a survivable close encounter with the Sun?

Have any spacecraft been either launched or proposed which involve a survivable close encounter with the Sun? This would include solar observation missions as well as any missions designed to make a ...