Parker Solar Probe: Mission Status and Outlook After two Year of Operation

Wednesday, 16 December 2020: 10:00
Nour E. Raouafi, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, United States
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, which launched on August 12, 2018, flew closer to our star than any spacecraft has come before. Parker Solar Probe completed five of its 24 scheduled orbits around the Sun. Data from the Parker Solar Probe mission is revolutionizing our understanding of this mysterious region by answering questions that puzzled scientists for decades: how the solar wind is heated and accelerated and how solar energetic particles are accelerated and transported throughout the heliosphere. Data from the first five orbits show plasma properties that have not been observed before in the solar wind. We provide an overview on the status and outlook of the mission after two years of operation.