NASA to launch world's first mission to Sun in 2018

  • NASA to launch world's first mission to Sun in 2018
01-06-2017 | Pratidin Bureau. |

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will launch a probe mission to “touch the sun” in 2018 from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on a Delta IV Heavy rocket.

NASA announced that the craft once known as Solar Probe Plus will now be dubbed the Parker Solar Probe. 

It gets its name from the physicist Eugene Parker, the first person to suggest the existence of solar winds back in the 1950s.

The goals of the probe are to expand our knowledge of the solar wind's origin and evolution, and to explore the “corona”, the upper layer of the Sun's atmosphere. It will also provide information on radiation during airline flights.

The mission will be the agency’s first to fly directly into the sun’s atmosphere.

Wearing a nearly five-inch thick coat of carbon-composite solar shields, the mission, Parker Solar Probe, will reach an orbit within four million miles.

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