Touching the Sun Spacecraft Mission Announced

NASA has renamed the mission "Solar Probe Plus" spacecraft as "Parker Solar Probe".

The mission will allow scientists to make critical observations that will answer decades-old questions about the physics of how stars work, including why the sun's corona - the aura of plasma that surrounds the star - is so much hotter than its surface, and how the solar wind is generated.

Wearing a almost five-inch thick coat of carbon-composite solar shields, the mission, Solar Probe Plus, will reach an orbit within four million miles (6.5 million km) of the sun and will measure activity at its outer surface, known as the "corona".

To protect the vehicle on its trip, it will be equipped with a carbon composite heat shield almost five inches thick, which should protect it while it takes scientific readings regarding the sun's magnetic fields, monitors the solar wind, and snaps photos.

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- On May 31, NASA announced the details of a mission that will take us directly into the sun's corona.

Traveling at a speed of 430,000 miles per hour, the spacecraft will move fast - like going from New York City to Tokyo in less than a minute. Targeting the sun's outermost atmosphere or "corona", it's expected to collect valuable data on solar wind and space weather that can affect life on Earth. "That defies the laws of nature", said Nicola Fox, a project scientist with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

But at this point, Fox compared the state of the field with learning about weather by looking out the window. "You can see the sun is shining, you can see the birds are singing".

The solar probe is named for astrophysicist Eugene Parker, a pioneer of solar wind research, marking the first time NASA has named a spacecraft for someone who is still living.

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Today, NASA announced that it is naming the spacecraft after Eugene Parker, a retired physicist who predicted the existence of solar winds nearly 60 years ago.

"It's a testament to the importance of [Parker's] body of work", Zurbuchen said. We look forward to learning all you know from your journey to the sun and back! To avoid following the same fate of Icarus, the spacecraft will be covered by a almost 5-inch thick coat of carbon-composite solar shields.With this mission, NASA aims to obtain new insights into solar winds and space weather by collecting more precise data.

"I'm sure that there will be some surprises", he added.

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