Parker Solar Probe
NASA's Parker Solar Probe has reached a record-breaking speed as it gets a gravitational assist from Venus to fall closer to the sun's scorching surface.
The sun-kissing spacecraft watched as dust particles were displaced across 6 million miles (9.7 million kilometers).
The Parker Solar Probe and the Solar Orbiter may have finally solved a solar puzzle that has troubled scientists for decades.
Thanks to some precise maneuvering on Aug. 3, NASA says Parker is on-track to make its sixth and closest flyby of Venus on Aug. 21.
The Parker Solar Probe conducted its 16th perihelion pass on Thursday morning (June 22), cruising through the sun’s superhot outer atmosphere, called the corona.
Using data collected by NASA's sun-touching Parker Solar Probe, scientists have tracked the "fast" solar wind back to showerhead-like funnels generated by coronal holes.
NASA has announced that Heliophysics Division leader Nicola Fox will be the agency's new head of science, overseeing more than 100 missions.
Raise a cold one for the spacecraft as it makes its 15th perihelion today braving blisteringly hot temperatures.
One of the instruments on NASA's Parker Solar Probe powered down unexpectedly last weekend, but the mission team expects it to come back online soon.
Get the Space.com Newsletter
Breaking space news, the latest updates on rocket launches, skywatching events and more!