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1. First spacecraft to study a star - Our Sun.
The Parker solar probe, launched on August 11, 2018 is a part of NASA’s ‘Living With a Star’ program.
This probe will attempt to study two sections of the Sun: the corona and its atmosphere.
2. First mission to be named after living person.
The Parker solar probe gets its name from physicist Eugene Parker, who provided concepts to the energy generating capabilities of stars.
3.Closest distance of any spacecraft from Sun.
This distance will reduce to 3.8 million miles (6.12 million km) by the final orbits of the Parker spacecraft around the sun.
Back in 1987, world leaders came together to ban chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which are the chemicals associated with the gigantic, gaping hole in the ozone layer that persisted for decades.
And it’s a good thing that they did. Research published in the journal Nature on Wednesday found that a world in which the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer treaty never happened, the planet would be in horrible shape. In the present-day of that hypothetical world, we would already be living through some of the worst-case, nightmare scenarios.
We usually think of solar, or photovoltaic (PV), cells fixed to roofs, converting sunlight into electricity, but bringing that technology indoors could further boost the energy efficiency of buildings and energize swaths of wireless smart technologies such as smoke alarms, cameras and temperature sensors , also called Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Now, a study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) suggests that a straightforward approach for capturing light indoors may be within reach.
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