Voyager 2 Left Out In The Cold Whilst Parker Solar Probe Has Moment In The Sun.
On the very same day that the 40 year old Voyager 2 probe reached interstellar space, the (relatively newborn) Parker Solar Probe went the other way – making its first close approach towards our sun.
Launched in August this year, the Parker Solar Probe travelled towards the sun at 430,000 mph – enduring temperatures greater than a million degrees Fahrenheit while being bombarded with intense sun light.
The craft was able to withstand the unbearable temperatures by simply winding down a window.
Despite the final destination being 3.8 million miles away from the sun’s surface – you can still book tickets on Ryanair’s website.
Launched in 1977, the Voyager 2 probe has been travelling for over forty years – yet it took just 19 hours for it to get a message all the way back to Earth.
That’s five hours quicker than the majority of messages sent by O2 customers last week.
And the message that Voyager 2 sent?
“Any chance of a lift home?”