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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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 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 Will Launch a Historic Mission to 'Touch the Sun' - Observer

NASA has announced its first mission to fly a spacecraft directly toward the Sun. The extraordinary undertaking will see the Parker Solar Probe fly within a scorching 4 million miles of our host star, and if successful, it would be the closest any ...and more »

NASA names solar mission after UChicago physicist - UChicago News

NASA has named the first mission to fly a spacecraft directly into the sun's atmosphere in honor of Prof. Eugene Parker, a pioneering physicist at the University of Chicago. The Parker Solar Probe will launch next summer on a mission to fly within 4 ...and more »