The Parker Solar Detector completed two solar encounter cycles, both designed to collect data from the star that the humans depend on to help answer questions and increase our understanding of celestial bodies. The downlink data transmission of the spacecraft was completed one month after the completion of the second solar flight.
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the performance of the detector's communication system is better than scientists have estimated, which allows a lot of useful information to be sent back to the team on Earth. Inspired by good performance, the scientists ordered the Parker Solar Detector to collect and eventually send back more data on its second flight over the Sun.
The team is expected to receive an additional 25GB of additional data in the second overflight before August 15. NASA also announced information collected from the first two tasks later this year, but there is no exact date. The third short-range sun encounter is scheduled to begin on August 27.
NASA reports that the detector's third near-point will arrive on September 1, which will provide more record-breaking data for our stellar information collection program. A total of four instrument kits on the Parker Solar Detector are collecting this information, including data on stellar sundial and surrounding fields, particles and light waves.