NASA has announced two records set by the Parker Solar Probe. The device became not only the fastest human-launched device in history but also was able to get closer to the Sun than any other objects before.
Launched in 2018, Parker is exploring the Sun, getting closer and closer to it. Due to its design, the probe is able to reflect the radiation of the star, which allowed it to still carry out its mission without failure.
In early 2020, the spacecraft set several records, developing a speed of up to 393,044 km/h and approaching the Sun at 18.6 million kilometers. A year later, Parker surpassed his achievement with a considerable margin. Thus, the probe managed to accelerate to an impressive 532,000 km/h and get close to the red-hot star at a distance of 10.4 million kilometers.
The space probe uses Venus as a kind of slingshot, accelerating faster thanks to the gravity of the planet. Scientists expect Parker to get even closer to the Sun later this year, exceeding the speed at all times.