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Nasa's hotly anticipated solar mission renamed to honour astrophysicist Eugene Parker - The Guardian

The Parker Solar Probe will launch in 2018 and attempt to come within 4m miles of the sun's surface. Nasa has announced its hotly anticipated mission to send a spacecraft into the sun's outer atmosphere has a new name. Formerly known as the Solar Probe ...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 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 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 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: 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 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 Sending Probe to 'Touch' the Sun—Here's Why - National Geographic

The sun's searing heat has made a mission into the star's atmosphere impossible until now. Picture of the sun. View Images. Photograph by NASA/SDO. By Rachel Hartigan Shea. PUBLISHED May 31, 2017. This story appears in the August 2017 issue of National ...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 »