You can send your name to the sun!

You can send your name to the sun!

Shatner said that he has booked his name for a trip to the sun and that he is inviting everyone to do the same.

The Parker solar probe will carry the names of everyone who registers on a microchip to the sun. You can send your name along for the ride.

The Parker Solar Probe is said to travel so fast that its closest approach to the sun will come at an expected 430,000 miles per hour.

The spacecraft, about the size of a small auto, will travel directly into the sun's atmosphere about 4 million miles (6.4 million km) from its surface.

The Sun is roughly 93 million miles away from Earth, and to get the probe to its desired destination, NASA has selected the second most powerful and among the most reliable rockets now in the human arsenal: the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy.

If you are convinced with Shatner's ways, you can get your name on that chip for free by visiting the NASA "Hot Ticket" site through April 27.

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Specifically, it will trace how energy and heat move through the solar atmosphere, and explore what accelerates the solar wind as well as solar energetic particles. To gain this increased understanding, NASA is launching the Parker Solar Probe on a almost seven-year mission.

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, in Laurel, Maryland, manages the Parker Solar Probe mission for NASA. It will stay 4 million miles from the surface of the sun, from where it will examine magnetic fields, solar storms, and other factors affecting space weather. Image via NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Scientists are banking on its 4.5-inch thick shield to protect it from the sun's raging temperatures, which will reach as high as 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit outside the craft. This heat shield will keep the four instrument suites created to study magnetic fields, plasma and energetic particles, and image the solar wind, at room temperature.

In the event that you need your name to movement through the Sun's environment, overcoming fierce warmth and radiation conditions, here comes your possibility.

Costing $1.5 billion dollars to build, launch and operate, Parker Solar Probe also aims to answer one of the most perplexing questions about the Sun: Why is the corona, the area immediately surrounding it, hotter than its surface?

Bottom line: NASA's Parker Solar Probe - launching summer 2018 - will travel closer to the sun than any spacecraft yet.

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