William Shatner's Name Will Boldly Go to the Sun on NASA Probe (with 1.1 Million Others)

Space.com | 5/23/2018 | Google+
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More than 1.1 million people decided to join William Shatner on an extreme space-exploration enterprise.

In March, the "Star Trek" actor urged people to follow his lead and put their names on a memory card that will fly aboard NASA's Parker Solar Probe mission. That mission, which is scheduled to launch July 31 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, will get closer to the sun than any spacecraft ever has.

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"Parker Solar Probe is going to revolutionize our understanding of the sun, the only star we can study up close," mission project scientist Nicola Fox, of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland, said in a statement.

"It's fitting that as the mission undertakes one of the most extreme journeys of exploration ever tackled by a human-made object, the spacecraft will also carry along the names of so many people who are cheering it on its way," Fox added.

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A plaque containing a memory card with more than 1.1 million names is mounted below Parker Solar Probe's high-gain antenna (the round object with gray covering), which the spacecraft will use to transmit data back to Earth.

If all goes according to plan, the spacecraft will fly by the sun 24 times over the course...
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