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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 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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 spacecraft bound for the sun is renamed for the astrophysicist who discovered the solar wind - Los Angeles Times

A NASA spacecraft will aim straight for the sun next year bearing the name of an astrophysicist who helped scientists understand how Earth interacts with the star at the center of our solar system. The Parker Solar Probe will launch in the summer of ...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 Parker Solar Probe: Just how close can we get to the Sun? - International Business Times UK

Nasa's mission to 'touch the Sun' will see its solar probe fly closer to the Sun than ever before. India Ashok. By India Ashok. Updated May 31, 2017 17:42 BST. Nasa Solar Probe Plus mission NASA Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope aboard ESA's SOHO ...and more »

Nasa's mission to Sun renamed after astrophysicist behind solar wind theory - Wired.co.uk

Nasa's 2018 mission to the Sun has been named after the astrophysicist who first proposed the theory of solar wind, Eugene Parker. Advertisement. The Parker Solar Probe is set to come within four million miles of the giant gas ball's surface as it ...and more »