NASA and other partner agencies are now working on a new Interstellar Probe that would help the international space company to explore unknown interstellar space. Aside from this, the upcoming spacecraft is also expected to capture the actual appearance of the Solar System.
It's been a long time since NASA developed an aircraft that have the proper capabilities to explore interstellar space.
NASA launched its first interstellar spacecraft, specifically Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, way back in 1977, mere days in between each launch. This means that it's been four decades ever since the space agency launched interstellar space probes. And now, NASA confirmed that it is working on a more advanced space probe.
The US space agency claimed that its upcoming Interstellar Probe has the capability to reach a distance of 1,000 astronomical units from the Sun.
NASA's Interstellar Probe's Goal
According to SlashGear's latest report, the upcoming spacecraft from NASA is currently being developed by more than 500 space engineers, enthusiasts, and scientists.
NASA explained that once its new Interstellar Probe is complete, it will go to unknown local interstellar space, specifically those that are not yet visited by humans. After that, NASA's Interstellar Probe will take a picture of the so-called heliosphere, which is critical to human life on earth.
On the other hand, the space agency also explained that the heliosphere protects the solar system from high-energy galactic cosmic rays. Once NASA's new Interstellar Probe captures the photo of the heliosphere, it will also allow them to see the real appearance of the solar system.
NASA's Other Space Innovations
Gizmodo also reported that NASA has also funded the development of an advanced space-based neutrino detector and a radio telescope built inside a crater. This can be located on the far side of the moon.
"Neutrinos are a tool to 'see' inside stars, and a space-based detector could offer a new window into the structure of our Sun and even our galaxy," said Jason Derleth, the program executive of NIAC (NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts).
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Written by: Griffin Davis