In a groundbreaking endeavor, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP) has embarked on a unique mission to traverse the treacherous solar winds in outer space. The primary objective of this mission, as highlighted in a recent report on NASA’s website, is to safeguard internet signals on Earth by averting the disruption caused by charged particles emanating from the Sun.
Solar storms, with their potential for catastrophic consequences such as prolonged internet outages, have long been a cause of concern for scientists and individuals reliant on uninterrupted online connectivity. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, NASA launched the PSP project five years ago, sending the spacecraft on a trajectory perilously close to the Sun’s surface, where solar wind originates.
The latest findings, published in a peer-reviewed study in The Astrophysical Journal in March 2023, reveal crucial data collected by the PSP during its daring mission. Solar winds, composed of charged particles expelled from the Sun’s atmosphere, have the capacity to generate what is commonly known as a “solar storm.” These storms have the potential to disrupt signals from Earth, causing significant disruptions to internet access.