• NASA Probe Launched To Our Closest Star

    2 monthes ago - By CBS

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A NASA spacecraft zoomed toward the sun Sunday on an unprecedented quest to get closer to our star than anything ever sent before.
    As soon as this fall, the Parker Solar Probe will fly straight through the wispy edges of the sun's corona, or outer atmosphere, that was visible during last August's total solar eclipse. It eventually will get within 3.8 million of the surface in the years ahead, staying comfortably cool despite the extreme heat and radiation, and allowing scientists to vicariously explore the sun in a way never before possible.
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  • NASA Launches Spacecraft for Closest-Ever Journey to the Sun

    2 monthes ago - By Fortune

    NASA successfully launched a spacecraft toward the sun on Sunday, hoping to increase scientific understanding of how our star works.
    The Parker Solar Probe's departure promises to set a plethora of records, including speediest spacecraft, highest velocity while leaving Earth and closest solar approach. It will also mark the first robotic visit to a uniquely hostile environment: the unstable atmosphere of a giant ball of perpetual nuclear fusion.
    The probe lifted off at 3:31 a.m. Eastern time from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket sporting a rare third...
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