The Parker Solar Probe

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This week you’ll hear the answer to the question about NASA’s Parker Solar Probe.  There’s listener news, great music, and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo above and enjoy!


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This week’s quiz: On 18 August, I asked you a question about NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, which was launched on 12 August from Cape Canaveral, Florida. One of the instruments on-board was French designed and made, and that was your question: you were to send me the name of that instrument.

The answer is: Magnetometer. The Parker Solar Probe will study the sun’s atmosphere, or corona. The magnetometer will measure the fluctuating magnetic field in the sun’s atmosphere.

As Thierry Dudok de Wit, one of the scientists from the University of Orleans where the magnetometer was developed, explained to RFI English: “Our instrument … will measure three components of the magnetic field. Together with the other instruments which measure electric fields, particles, and other parts of the magnetic field, it can provide a global picture on what goes on in the solar atmosphere.”

The Parker Solar Probe is the fastest man-made object ever made – when it nears the sun it will travel at some 692,000 kilometres per hour.

I put a link on the Sound Kitchen Facebook page where you can track the probe’s progress.

The winners are: Aamir Sohail - a member of the RFI International DX Radio Listeners Club in Murshidabad, India and Jobayada Aktar Jai, who is a member of the Nilshagor RFI Fan Club in Nilphamari, Bangladesh. There are three RFI Listeners Club members on the winner’s list this week:  brand-new member Kwame Obeng Frimpong from Ashanti, Ghana; SJ Agboola from Ekiti State, Nigeria and Samuel Francis from sunny St Catherine in Jamaica.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Vivaldi: the third movement from “The Four Seasons”, performed by I Musici with Federico Agostini as solo violinist; Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee” and “Duet for Two Violins and Strings” by Steve Reich, performed by violinists Ariana Kim and Guillaume Pirard with The Knights ensemble.

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This week’s question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 5 November to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 10 November program. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one,  your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

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