Wow! Like Icarus, NASA Solar Orbiter comes astonishingly close to the sun; will it also be DESTROYED?

The Solar Orbiter, a joint mission of NASA and ESA, has come closer to the sun than any spacecraft ever. But will it suffer the same fate as Icarus?

The Solar Orbiter spacecraft, a joint venture between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), has made history! The spacecraft has come closer to the sun than any other spacecraft ever. The spacecraft spent two years in space last month and has now reached a distance of 30 million miles from the sun. While the distance feels like a lot, it should be noted that Venus is twice the distance from the Solar Orbiter and the surface temperature can reach 462 degrees Celsius. As the spacecraft continues to observe the sun from a distance never seen before, it remains to be seen whether it will suffer a similar fate to Icarus, a character from Greek mythology, who flew too close to the sun to fly only its wings. burned and he to come.

However, it seems the Solar Orbiter isn’t as “foolish” as Icarus was, given the list of achievements it’s already amassed. In just two years, the NASA and ESA spacecraft have flown through the tail of a comet, flown through Venus and the most detailed photos of the sun ever taken. And equipped with the best technology that humans have access to, the orbiter continues to unravel the secrets of the sun.

NASA Solar Orbiter replicates Icarus, only successfully

The solar orbiter flying too close to the sun certainly recalls the tragedy that befell the Greek hero Icarus when he defied his father Daedalus and used its waxed wings to soar high in the sky. As he rose, the wings melted and Icarus fell to his own death. While the sun can definitely give off extreme heat, the Solar Orbiter seems to be doing just fine.

How the Solar Orbiter Beats the Heat

The heart of this technology is the heat shield. The heat shield is a 10-foot high and 8-foot wide sandwich-like structure. The front layer has thin sheets of titanium foil, followed by a honeycomb-patterned aluminum base, covered with more foil insulation. The nearly 10-inch opening in the shield funnels heat to space. A smaller, second gap lies between the innermost slice and the spacecraft.

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