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Saturday, June 3, 2017

NASA reaching for a star

(Image by Kelvinsong)
The generation that exercised to Romper Room’s “bend and stretch, reach for the stars” will soon witness NASA’s attempt to do so literally.

NASA plans to launch Solar Probe Plus during the summer of 2018. This will be “the agency’s first mission to fly into the sun’s atmosphere.” The spacecraft will come within “four million miles of the sun’s surface,” a mighty close glimpse into the “physics of how stars work.”

Solar Probe Plus will be exposed to “heat and radiation unlike any spacecraft in [human] history.”  This may provide vital information for the protection of astronauts.  It may also help with the forecasting of “space weather events that impact life on Earth.”


Copyright June 3, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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