Parker Solar Probe Bombarded by Space Dust, Causing Plasma Explosions Written 9 November 2021


Artist's rendition of NASA's Parker Solar Probe. | NASA

CNET News reports that NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is being bombarded by space dust “at such speed that its body is constantly experiencing plasma explosions.” A team of scientists “at the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory studied the severity of these impacts,” finding the explosions could knock off debris from Parker and obstruct its cameras, causing it to misalign its heat shield and risk the satellite’s integrity.
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