The record was previously held by the Helios 2 in 1976, which reached a heliocentric (or sun-relative) speed of 153,454 miles per hour.
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"It's been 78 days since the launch of Solar probe Parker, and now he approached the star closer of all previous spacecraft".
The previous record was set by the German-American collaboration Helios 2 in April 1976.
The spacecraft passed the current record of 26.55 million miles from the sun's surface on October 29 as calculated by the Parker Solar Probe team, NASA said in a statement.More news: Oprah Winfrey to campaign in Georgia for Stacey Abrams
NASA's Parker Solar Probe, mankind's first mission to "touch" the Sun, has set a new record for closest approach to the sun by a human-made object, the USA space agency announced.
Parker blasted off on its odyssey atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in the early hours of August 12, 2018. Its final close approach in 2025 is expected to get within 3.83 million miles of the flaming gaseous orb.
Over the next seven years the Parker Solar Probe will repeat this manoeuvre six more times, losing a little bit of orbital energy with each pass. Dries man also said that it is a very proud moment for the whole team, but they are focused on their first solar encounter on October 31. Parker Solar Probe will start its first solar encounter on October 31. The probe is now in the process of aligning itself into an elliptical orbit that will enable studies of the solar wind near its source.More news: Heidi Klum Halloween Costume 2018 Shrek Fiona
While Parker is in orbit around the Sun seven years, if the earlier does not fail. The spacecraft uses a special carbon-composite shield for protection from intense heat and radiation during close flybys.