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NASA To Announce ‘Unprecedented’ Mission To The Sun

 

Mary Bowerman
A handout picture made available by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) on 21 April 2016 shows a dramatic display of a round solar filament bursting out from the Sun, in space.© NASA/SDO, EPA A handout picture made available by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) on 21 April 2016 shows a dramatic display of a round solar filament bursting out from the Sun, in space.

 

NASA is set to release new details this week about the agency’s “unprecedented” mission to “touch the sun.”

The mission, Solar Probe Plus, will launch in summer of 2018 and marks the agency’s first mission to fly into the sun’s atmosphere. Data collected during the mission is expected to improve forecasting of space weather events that impact life on Earth and the lives of astronauts, NASA said in a statement.

“Placed in orbit within four million miles of the sun’s surface, and facing heat and radiation unlike any spacecraft in history, the spacecraft will explore the sun’s outer atmosphere and make critical observations that will answer decades-old questions about the physics of how stars work,” NASA said in a statement.

NASA will make the announcement live on NASA Television and the agency’s website at 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday.  (USA TODAY)

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