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Parker solar probe — A once in a lifetime dream to touch the sun

If the weather cooperates on Saturday, and everything goes according to plan, NASA will be sending a spacecraft to the sun. The Parker Solar Probe will get closer to the massive ball of gas and plasma we call our sun than any spacecraft has gone before.

Tech and science will keep the Parker Solar Probe from melting

On August 6, 2018, NASA's Parker Solar Probe will launch to travel closer to the Sun, deeper into the solar atmosphere, than any mission before it. Cutting-edge technology and engineering will help it beat the heat.

NASA begins tests of solar probe before launch to 'touch the sun'

NASA has begun testing its Parker Solar Probe that will 'touch the sun' when it launches into space this summer. The probe's journey will be humanity’s first visit to a star and will come as close as 3.9 million miles (6.3 million km) to the sun.

NASA renames Touching the Sun mission the 'Parker Solar Probe'

NASA's Solar Probe Plus mission has been given a name that is more in line with the scope of the agency's mission. The mission is being renamed in honor of astrophysicist Eugene N. Parker, who predicted the existence of the solar wind in 1958.
 

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The Parker Solar Probe  which is expected to come closer to the sun than any other spacecraft in his...
The Parker Solar Probe, which is expected to come closer to the sun than any other spacecraft in history, is scheduled to launch on Aug. 11.
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Engineers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel  Maryland  work on NA...
Engineers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, work on NASA’s Parker Solar Probe spacecraft. Parker Solar Probe will be the first-ever mission to fly directly through the Sun’s atmosphere.
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Dr. Eugene Parker in 2018
Dr. Eugene Parker in 2018
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
NASA’s Solarium invited visitors to get up close and personal with the sun on March 18  2017  in c...
NASA’s Solarium invited visitors to get up close and personal with the sun on March 18, 2017, in celebration of Sun-Earth Day at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
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NASA’s first mission to go to the sun  the Parker Solar Probe  is named after Eugene Parker who fi...
NASA’s first mission to go to the sun, the Parker Solar Probe, is named after Eugene Parker who first theorized that the sun constantly sends out a flow of particles and energy called the solar wind.
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A look at the orbit of the Parker Solar Probe.
A look at the orbit of the Parker Solar Probe.
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Illustration of the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft approaching the sun.
Illustration of the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft approaching the sun.
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Prof. Eugene Parker from University of Chicago in 2007.
Prof. Eugene Parker from University of Chicago in 2007.
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