NASA's Parker Solar Probe Deputy Lead Mechanical Engineer Felipe Ruiz and Lead Thermal Engineer Jack Ercol - both from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab - take us through the process of preparing the spacecraft for space environment testing. The Thermal Protection System (TPS) simulator placed on the spacecraft is to provide accurate simulation conditions during testing. Learn more here.
Parker Dedication Plaque and Send Your Name to the Sun Installation
Parker Solar Probe Project Manager Andy Driesman and Project Scientist Nicky Fox, both from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, discuss the installation of a plaque dedicating the mission to its namesake, Eugene Parker, who first theorized the existence of the solar wind. This is the first NASA mission to be named for a living person. On the plaque is a memory card containing Parker's 1958 paper about the solar wind, photographs of him during his career, and 1,137,202 names submitted by the public to join the mission on its historic journey to touch the Sun. Learn more here.