NASA's sun-sailing mission proves a surprising success

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When it comes to collecting data NASA's sun-sailing Parker Probe is on fire.

According to the agency, the Parker Solar Probe, which was sent out on its mission to orbit the Sun last year, just delivered a payload of data 50 percent larger than what scientists expected.

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The transmission dropped 22 gigabytes of data from its two first encounters with the Sun says NASA.

'All of the expected science data collected through the first and second encounters is now on the ground,' said Nickalaus Pinkine, Parker Solar Probe mission operations manager at APL in a statement.

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'As we learned more about operating in this environment and these orbits, the team did a great job of increasing data downloads of the information gathered by the spacecraft’s amazing instruments.'

A boon in information was aided by a better-than-expected performance from the probe's telecommunications system which NASA says has helped to set up more downlink opportunities.

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In that extra data are unprecedented insights into our sun, including information on particles, waves, and observations of the Sun’s corona and the solar environment.

The probe, about the size of a family compact car, has traveled closer to the sun than any other man-made object, enduring some of the most brutal conditions imaginable.


Those include cosmic radiation 500...
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