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

The agency's ambitious $1.5 billion solar mission, named after University of Chicago astrophysicist Eugene Parker, will travel closer to the sun than any spacecraft in history. By Mike Wall, Space.com. Published On 05/31/2017. 1:08 PM EDT. Share on ...and more »

NASA names solar mission after UChicago physicist - UChicago News

Artist's concept of the Parker Solar Probe approaching the sun. Launching in 2018, the landmark probe will orbit close to sun's surface, providing new data on solar activity and may help forecast major space-weather events that impact life on Earth ...and more »

NASA: Mission to Sun renamed Parker Solar Probe in honour of Eugene Parker - Business Standard (press release) (blog)

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 time NASA has ...and more »

Nasa's mission to Sun renamed after astrophysicist behind solar wind theory - Wired.co.uk

Nasa's 2018 mission to the Sun has been named after the astrophysicist who first proposed the theory of solar wind, Eugene Parker. The Parker Solar Probe is set to come within four million miles of the giant gas ball's surface as it attempts to unlock ...and more »

Touching the Sun: NASA Mission Renamed 'Parker Solar Probe' - Space.com

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 moniker honors pioneering University of ...and more »

NASA Renames Sun Mission To Honor Astrophysicist Who Predicted Solar Wind - Tech Times

U.S. space agency officials announced on Wednesday, May 31, that NASA's upcoming mission to send a probe to the sun has been renamed the Parker Solar Probe. The new name honors 89-year old solar astrophysicist Eugene Parker, who predicted the existence ...and more »

Nasa unveils pathfinding mission to 'touch the Sun' - Financial Times

A US spacecraft will swoop inside the Sun's corona, its superheated outer atmosphere, on a pathfinding mission to learn more about how stars work. Nasa's $1.5bn Parker Solar Probe, which will be protected by a shield that can withstand temperatures of ...and more »

NASA reveals first mission to 'touch the sun' - PBS NewsHour

In a move seemingly set to inspire heavy metal songs for years to come, NASA wants to send a probe directly into our sun's atmosphere. The U.S. space agency announced the details of humanity's first mission to a star on Wednesday at the University of ...and more »