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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 »

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

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'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, Published On 05/31/2017. 1:08 PM EDT. Share on ...and more »

NASA mission into sun's atmosphere named after astrophysicist - New Scientist

NASA's mission to send a spacecraft into the sun's outer atmosphere has been renamed after the astrophysicist who first predicted the existence of the supersonic solar wind. Originally named Solar Probe Plus, the mission has been rechristened the ...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 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 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 »

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

This image made available by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 depicts NASA's Solar Probe Plus spacecraft approaching the sun. On Wednesday, NASA announced it will launch the probe in summer …more. A ...and more »

NASA Hopes to “Touch the Sun” With a Newly Named Probe - Smithsonian

Parker Probe. “Parker. This brave little craft will face blinding temperatures near the sun. (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory). By Erin Blakemore. May 31, 2017. The sun seems simple: It dictates day and night and ...and more »

Nasa's mission to Sun renamed after astrophysicist behind solar wind theory -

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 »