The Parker Solar Probe is located in a sterile room on July 6, 2018 in Titusville (Florida) after installing a heat shield. The probe is now closer to the sun than ever obtained from spacecraft. On October 29, Parker broke the record of 26.55 million miles, set in 1976 by the NASA Helios-2 Solar probe Parker, which is now closer to the Sun than the spacecraft ever got. October 29, 2018, he broke the record of 43 million km, set Helios-2 back in 1976. And he will continue to approach the star until he passes through the crown (external atmosphere) for the first time next week. The distance will be reduced to 24 million km from the surface of the Sun. Expect that in the next 7 years, Parker will perform 24 close approaches to the star, reducing the distance to an amazing 6 million km! The probe started in August 2018 and is on its way to break another record in the coming days. Its rotation speed will exceed the figure of Helios-2 at 247,000 km / h compared to the Sun.