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Helios 1, achieving perihelion on 17 April 1976 at a record distance of 0.29 AU (or 43.432 million kilometers), slightly inside the orbit of Mercury. The probes are notable for having set a maximum speed record among spacecraft at 252,792 km/h (157,078 mph).
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by weirdguy
Why don't they just vaporize before impact?
A comet nearly as wide as two football fields (200m) is plunging toward the sun where it will most likely be destroyed in a spectacular light show on Dec. 15/16. Although Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3) could become as bright as Jupiter or Venus when it "flames out," the glare of the sun will hide the event from human eyes. Solar observatories in space, however, will have a grand view. Yesterday the brightening comet entered the field of view of NASA's STEREO-B spacecraft
Originally posted by Zaradia
I am concerned about the effect that Comet Lovejoy will have on the Sun.
One of my clients had a dream last night that a "bullet" hit the Sun which caused big balls of fire to be ejected from the Sun towards the earth. This person is completely oblivious to any kind of solar anything. I hope that this wasn't a precognitive dream.