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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 »

Mission to the sun will protect us from devastating solar storms and help us travel deeper into space - The Conversation UK

From prayer and sacrifice to sunbathing, humans have worshipped the sun since time immemorial. And it's no wonder. At around 150m km away, it is close enough to provide the light, heat and energy to sustain the entire human race. But despite the fact ...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 Sun probe named for solar wind boffin Eugene Parker - The Register

Breaking with the recent focus on flinging probes and bots at our planetary neighbours, around July next year NASA will set the controls for the heart of the Sun. Actually, the plan is for the Solar Probe Plus to stop a good 6.2 million kilometres (3.9 ...and more »

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

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 »

NASA unveils its latest spacecraft, to 'touch the sun' - Siliconrepublic.com

NASA has unveiled its latest probe that hopes to boldly go where no spacecraft has gone before, within 'touching distance' of the sun. While Icarus is famous for having flown to close to the sun, resulting in his wax wings melting and him plunging to ...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 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 Is Launching a Probe to a Star - The Atlantic

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 mission to send a robotic spacecraft into the sun's upper atmosphere, a first for humanity.and more »

NASA is about to launch the fastest spacecraft in history in a $1.5-billion attempt to 'touch the sun' for the first ... - Business Insider

NASA plans to launch a robot on Sunday that will fly closer to the sun than any mission in history. A Saturday launch attempt was delayed due to a technical glitch. The Parker Solar Probe will have to travel about 430,000 mph and use a high-tech heat ...and more »