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For the first time in history, a spacecraft has touched the Sun. NASA's Parker Solar Probe has now flown through the Sun's upper atmosphere - the corona - and sampled particles and magnetic fields there.

As NASA's Parker Solar Probe approaches its third encounter with the Sun, mission scientists are hard at work poring over data from the spacecraft's first two flybys of our star -- and thanks to excellent performance by the spacecraft and the mission operations team, they're about to get something extra.

Parker Solar Probe is alive and well after skimming by the Sun at just 15 million miles from our star's surface.

On Oct. 31, 2018, Parker Solar Probe began its first of 24 solar encounters. This period -- which lasts until Nov. 11 -- is the time during which the spacecraft is within 0.25 astronomical units, or 23.2 million miles, of the Sun's center.

Hours before the rise of the very star it will study, NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched from Florida Sunday to begin its journey to the Sun, where it will undertake a landmark mission.

Technicians and engineers prepare to mate NASA's Parker Solar Probe to its third stage, built and tested by Northrup Grumman in Chandler Arizona.

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