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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 plans to launch a probe in 2018 that will 'touch' the sun's blazing-hot atmosphere - Business Insider

NASA is a launching a probe to get closer to the sun than any mission in history. The robot is designed to survive the sun's brutal environment and unlock longstanding mysteries of physics. The mission may ultimately help scientists predict violent ...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 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 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 »

Why NASA wants to 'touch the sun' - Mother Nature Network (blog)

The sun, the very centerpiece of our solar system and the most important source of energy for life on Earth, is on the verge of receiving a visitor. On Aug. 4, NASA will launch its Parker Solar Probe, a spacecraft with the unprecedented mission of ...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 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 »

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 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 »