Hot ticket to the sun

This summer, NASA will be launching the first spacecraft to touch the Sun called The Parker Solar Probe. To raise awareness for the mission, the probe will include a memory card full of the names of everyone who signs up via NASA’s website.

The probe’s mission is to learn more about how the sun works and how it affects life and technology on Earth.

Kathryn Sipple, aged 10, from Leigh-on-Sea already has her “hot ticket to the Sun”, and is encouraging every youngster in Essex to get involved.

Kathryn’s already taken part in several space projects, including following British astronaut Tim Peake’s mission on the International Space Station, listening to amateur radio signals from space, and having some code running on a Raspberry Pi computer aboard the ISS.

You have until the 27th April to submit your name and take part in this unique mission. You can sign up, for free, at go.nasa.gov/HotTicket and you can download a free certificate to confirm your name’s off to the Sun.

Kathryn Sipple co-presents a radio show for the children on Neptune Ward at Southend Hospital, and she is also one of the youngest members of local amateur radio group Essex Ham. Her computer code ran as part of the Astro Pi project on the International Space Station, and at school, she took part in the Tim Peake “Space Seed” project, as well as listening to live radio messages from Tim Peake using amateur radio.

NASA – Parker Solar Probe will swoop to within 4 million miles of the sun’s surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft before it. Launching in 2018, Parker Solar Probe will provide new data on solar activity and make critical contributions to our ability to forecast major space-weather events that impact life on Earth.

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