The Parker probe Solar Probe sent pictures of the Earth from a distance of more than 43 million kilometers!
The image NASA released was captured on September 25 by Parker's Wide-field Imager for Solar Probe, also known as the WISPR instrument.
The $1.5-billion spacecraft is beginning a seven-year mission to study the sun in greater detail than ever before, with scientists hoping that the project will help them understand the incredibly hot corona and how the solar wind, a river of charged particles that flows off the sun, is formed.
The Parker Solar Probe launched on August 12 aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, part of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The inner telescope produced the left-hand image, while the outer telescope produced the image on the right. In this case, it's from the very bright Earthshine.
The images also show objects such as Pleiades, Betelgeuse and Bellatrix, which appear elongated because of reflections on the edge of the detector, according to the USA space agency.
The probe will travel almost 90 million miles, passing within Mercury's orbit to skim through the outer layers of the sun's atmosphere. The heat and radiation it must face on its journey to within 3.8 million miles of the sun's surface will be brutal. "Some high-energy solar particles accelerate to almost half the speed of light, and we don't know why".
Prince Harry and Meghan's plane aborts landing
Curator Caroline de Guitaut says the exhibition has been just as hugely personal to Harry and Meghan as their wedding. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry on 19 May this year in a handsome ceremony in Windsor.
Pipe bomb count reaches 10 as hunt for suspect intensifies
He also often singles out cable news network CNN and other news media whose reporting he does not like, terming them "fake news". CNN evacuated its NY bureau after the pipe bomb was found in the mailroom together with an envelope containing white powder.
Warner walks off mid-innings after alleged sledge
There was no comment from either side on the freakish incident, which occurred on Warner's 32nd birthday. It is understood that the Western Suburbs players had made a decision to reinstate the batsman.
Flu shots available to students for free
Even those who are not eligible for certain vaccines get some protection because the spread of contagious disease is contained. The previous high for a regular flu season, based on analyses dating back more than three decades, was 56,000 deaths.
NFL Fires Down Judge Cruz For Poor Performance
According to a report from Football Zebras , the NFL has taken the unprecedented step of firing down judge Hugo Cruz. Cruz did not work in Week 7 and the other reason as to why Cruz was sacked have not been revealed, the report notes.
Person of Interest: New Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo
He won seven International League South Division titles and two Governors' Cup championships (2009, 2013) with Triple-A Durham. Charlie Montoyo tells a great story of his first experience in Major League Baseball, a yarn that is as Canadian as it gets.
3% Growth, If We Can Keep It
The housing market contracted at its steepest pace in more than a year in the third quarter, also dimming the economy's outlook. Exports, which had surged at a 9.3 percent rate in the second quarter, fell at a 3.5 percent rate in the third quarter.