NASA’s Parker Solar Probe breaks record for fastest man-made object

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has become the fastest man-made object ever recorded — again.

On September 27, the spacecraft reached a speed of 394,736 mph/ (635,266 km/h) and on August 21 it passed close to the Sun’s surface with a little gravitational help from a close flyby of Venus. With this blistering approach to the Sun, the probe broke on its own Previous speed record 364,660 mph (586,863 kmh), set for November 2021. At the same time, the probe set a new distance record, coming just 4.51 million miles (7.26 million km) from the Sun’s surface — the closest any spacecraft has ever orbited before. According to NASA.

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