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The scientist who gave name to the Parker solar probe dies | Digital Trends Spanish

Renowned astrophysicist Eugene N. Parker passed away this Tuesday, March 15, at the age of 94. The scientist is considered a pioneer in the field of heliophysics and was honored by NASA with the name he gave to the Parker Solar Probe.

During the 1950s, the researcher developed a theory that predicted solar winds and encouraged this field during his career “by promoting ideas that addressed the fundamental questions about the functioning of our sun and stars throughout the universe,” says the agency of government.

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At NASA they also indicated that the field of heliophysics exists in large part thanks to the outstanding work of Parker.

“Honoring his work by naming Parker Solar Probe after him is one of the proudest achievements of my career. My work, my passion for science and my desire to continue exploring are strongly influenced by this great man. Parker Solar Probe ‘touching the Sun’ is a fitting achievement for its namesake mission,” said NASA Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen.

This office launched the Parker Solar Probe in 2018, the first spacecraft to be named after a living person. The goal of this mission is to observe the outer corona of the Sun to improve our understanding of solar winds and space weather.

Late last year, the probe became the first spacecraft to enter the Sun’s upper atmosphere.

“Anyone who knew Dr. Parker knew he was a visionary. I had the honor of being with him at the Parker Solar Probe launch and loved being able to share all the exciting science results, seeing his face light up with every new image and data plot I showed him,” said Nicola Fox, director of NASA’s heliophysics division.

Eugene Parker is considered one of the most important physicists of the 20th century. The news of his death was communicated by the website of the University of Chicagowhere he taught during the fifties as professor emeritus of the institution.

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