Touch the sun: NASA spacecraft will aim straight for our star next year

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By Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press May 31, 2017 11:21 AM
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NASA's Solar Probe Plus spacecraft approaching the sun.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. в─" A NASA spacecraft will aim straight for the sun next year.
The space agency announced the red-hot mission Wednesday at the University of Chicago.
Scheduled to launch in summer 2018, the Solar Probe Plus will fly within 6.4 million kilometres of the sunв─(tm)s surface в─" right into the solar atmosphere. It will be subjected to brutal heat and radiation like no other man-made structure before.
The purpose is to study the sunв─(tm)s outer atmosphere and better understand how stars like ours work.
The announcement came during a ceremony honouring astrophysicist Eugene Parker, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago.
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