The scientist, after whom the automatic interplanetary station is named, was 94 years old.

American astrophysicist Eugene Parker has died at the age of 94. This is stated in a statement published on Wednesday on the website of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

“Eugene Parker, the visionary of astrophysics and namesake of NASA’s Parker probe, has died. He was 94 years old,” the agency said. The cause of death is not called.

Eugene Parker became one of the first specialists in the world to study the solar wind. Since 1967, he has been a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. In June 2017, NASA decided to name an automatic interplanetary station in honor of the astrophysicist. So, in 2018, Eugene Parker became the first person to witness the launch of a spacecraft bearing his name. On June 10, 2022, the astrophysicist was supposed to be 95 years old.