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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's hotly anticipated solar mission renamed to honour astrophysicist Eugene Parker - The Guardian

Renamed the Parker Solar Probe to honour solar astrophysicist who predicted high speed solar wind, the spacecraft will attempt to get close to sun's surface. Nicola Davis · @NicolaKSDavis. Wed 31 May 2017 07.08 EDT Last modified on Wed 14 Feb 2018 16 ...and more »

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

By Matt Reynolds. 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 ...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 »

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 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'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. 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 »

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 »

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

A new NASA mission aims to brush by the sun, coming closer than any spacecraft in history to its scorching heat and radiation in order to reveal how stars are made, the US space agency said Wednesday. After liftoff from Kennedy Space Center in Florida ...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 »