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Parker Solar Probe: NASA's journey to touch the Sun - ABC Online

We've been to the Moon, landed spacecraft on Mars and had close encounters with other planets — and Pluto. Next stop, the Sun. The mission. The first spacecraft to "deep dive" into the Sun's atmosphere; Named in honour of astrophysicist Eugene Parker ...and more »

NASA names Solar Probe Plus mission after space scientist - SpaceNews

WASHINGTON — NASA's Solar Probe Plus mission, scheduled for launch next year to travel closer to the sun than any previous spacecraft, has a new name honoring a scientist who predicted the existence of the solar wind. In a ceremony at the University ...and more »

Here comes the sun: NASA's first mission to the star set for 2018 - CNN

(CNN) Wearing a nearly 5-inch coat of carbon-composite solar shields, NASA's Parker Solar Probe will explore the sun's atmosphere in a mission that begins in the summer of 2018. It's not a journey that any human can make, so NASA is sending a roughly ...and more »

NASA's Mission to the Sun Gets a New Official Name - Seeker

Don't call it Solar Probe Plus anymore. NASA's upcoming sun-studying mission, which will come much closer to Earth's star than any spacecraft in history, has been renamed the Parker Solar Probe, agency officials announced today (May 31). The new ...and more »

A real scorcher: NASA probe to fly into sun's atmosphere (Update) - Phys.Org

A new NASA mission aims to brush by the sun, coming closer than any spacecraft in history to its scorching heat and radiation in order to reveal how stars are made, the US space agency said Wednesday. After liftoff from Kennedy Space Center in Florida ...and more »

NASA Is Launching a Probe to a Star - The Atlantic

Like ​The Atlantic? Subscribe to ​The Atlantic Daily​, our free weekday email newsletter. For one NASA mission, flying too close to the sun isn't a concern. It's the whole point. On Wednesday, the space agency announced some details about its planned ...and more »

NASA launching spacecraft that will 'touch' the Sun in 2018 - The Weather Network

Thursday, June 1, 2017, 12:17 PM - NASA is launching a spacecraft in 2018 that will 'touch' the Sun, Saturn's icy moon Enceladus apparently took a hit that knocked it on its side, and hear what it sounds like when a meteoroid hits a spacecraft's camera ...and more »

NASA Sending Probe to 'Touch' the Sun—Here's Why - National Geographic

NASA has embarked on many successful missions—from rocketing astronauts to the moon to launching the first spacecraft to reach interstellar space. But it hasn't yet sent a mission to the sun. The deterrent? Our nearest star's searing heat. The surface ...and more »

NASA's first mission to Sun renamed 'Parker Solar Probe' will be launched in 2018 - Firstpost

Washington: NASA on Wednesday announced that it has renamed the Solar Probe Plus spacecraft — humanity's first mission to a star, which will be launched in 2018 - as the Parker Solar Probe in honour of astrophysicist Eugene Parker. "This is the first ...and more »

NASA Announces Mission to 'Touch the Sun' - U.S. News & World Report

NASA had never named a spacecraft after a researcher during his or her lifetime – until today. The agency on Wednesday announced it had named its Parker Solar Probe for astrophysicist Eugene Parker, who in 1958 discovered solar wind. The probe named ...and more »