NASA may send robotic spacecraft to Sun in 2018

"In order to unlock the mysteries of the corona, but also to protect a society that is increasingly dependent on technology from the threats of space weather, we will send Solar Probe Plus to touch the Sun". This mission will provide insight on a critical link in the Sun-Earth connection.

We live in the sun's atmosphere!

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We now know more about the corona and the solar wind than ever before. Here's a factoid for you: It would take 332,946 Earths to match the mass of the sun. So being 4.0 million miles from it is certainly close enough. The authority had updated that they are going to launch it in 2018.

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Next year, ie in 2018, NASA is planning to launch the Solar Probe Plus mission to the sun.

NASA has huge plans for our closest star, launching one of the most ambitious missions in years: the Solar Probe Plus.

Given the sun's heat, sending a probe that would fly within close proximity to the sun does not come without challenges. The probe's closest approach will be a mere 3.83 million miles.

The Delta IV is a rocket operated by United Launch Alliance. This probe will be used to explain up the major solar events.

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It will have a 11.4 centimetres carbon-composite shield that has been designed by NASA to withstand temperatures outside the spacecraft of 1370 degrees Celsius.

Why is the corona hotter than the surface? A second question has to do with solar winds. Moreover, scientists also want to analyze what fuels the solar winds. The sun expels streams of charged particles in all directions at speeds of several million miles per hour. "But we don't understand how that gets accelerated". But the sun has always been off the limits. These particles are a danger to astronauts and spacecraft.

Scientists are hoping to use the probe to gather data to help forecast space weather events that affect Earth, like solar flares and storms that knock out communications on Earth and can cause quite a bit of damage. Data will be key to understanding and, perhaps, forecasting space weather. For NASA, the space organization that has a record of realizing science fictions, is planning to send a robotic probe to our nearest star.

NASA has designed an 11.4 centimetres carbon-composite shield, which is created to withstand temperatures outside the spacecraft of 1,370 degrees Celsius.

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The spacecraft will also have special heat tubes called thermal radiators, which will radiate the heat that permeates the heat shield to open space so that it does not reach the instruments that are sensitive to heat.


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