Goodness knows how I got here, but I ended up inside the high security environment of the NASA Space Mission. I think I am going to become an astrophysicist 😀. This is what you get from aimlessly surfing around in the clouds.
AN ARTIST’S IMPRESSION OF THE PARKER SOLAR PROBE APPROACHING THE SUN
As long as the weather gets better, I am due to take off from the Florida launch pad sometime between July and August. It seems like NASA time tables are a bit like Network Rail. The journey will take six years, which is about as long as it takes to get to Birmingham on the new high-speed trains. It seems like HS2 is just another politician’s ego trip.
We pass Venus in 2020 although we are not stopping. Later we shoot by Mercury at around 430,000 miles per hour. That’s fast enough to get you from New York to Tokyo in less than a minute. Certainly makes you wonder why Network Rail is building a high-speed train that will still take nearly an hour to get from Birmingham to London.
Of course it will be a lot hotter, the latest weather forecast for the sun says that it will be more than 1,000,000 degrees Fahrenheit. I am assured we will be protected by four and a half inches of carbon composite shield and that the temperature inside the probe will be more or less room temperature. So that should be alright then😩
Just a short flight of fancy on a cold, wet, windy day.
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It does leave me with a few questions:-
- How much is the Solar Probe Mission costing? The answer must be in billions of dollars.
- Who on earth agreed to spend this money? It seems like NASA is a runaway rocket.
- Mr Parker, the astrophysicist, had a load of theories about the sun and this mission is to find out whether his theories are correct. It sounds like an American ego trip to me and I would be inclined to ask whether the money could be better spent on other things.