Solar probe Solar Probe Parker started the second close approach with the Sun. According to NASA, on April 4, he will fly at a minimum at this point, the distance to the star. Convergence will continue until April 10.
During the rendezvous there will be four set of scientific instruments that will gather data obtained near the solar corona. On 4 April, the probe will approach the star at a distance of about 24 million kilometers, almost two times closer than during the first convergence. The speed of the machine will amount to 343 thousand kilometers per hour.
In December, Parker will make a second gravity assist at Venus.