The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced the launch of its spacecraft that will aim straight for the sun in 2018, Associated Press reported. The space agency gave details about the “red-hot mission” on Wednesday at the University of Chicago. According to the report, the spacecraft, named ‘Solar Probe Plus’ will fly within four million miles of the sun’s surface – right into the solar atmosphere. The announcement also revealed that the spacecraft, which is scheduled to launch in summer of next year, will be subjected to brutal heat and radiation like no other man-made structure before.
On Monday, a report had surfaced about NASA announcing new details about its first mission to fly directly into our sun’s atmosphere on Wednesday. And as expected, the announcement came on the day during a ceremony honouring astrophysicist Eugene Parker, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago. Giving further details about the mission, it described the objective of the mission, which is to study the sun’s outer atmosphere as well as, to better understand how stars like ours work, the report said.
WATCH | NASA set to launch new mission to study the sun in 2018
Earlier this week, Jonathan Lunine, the director of the Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science at Cornell University, had talked about the mission. According to an ANI report, Lunine expects to see incredible detail of the dynamic solar atmosphere through the mission. The director said that during the course of this mission the spacecraft will fly closer to the Sun than the distance at which even its close-in exoplanets orbit their own Suns. With this, the mission will provide unprecedented information on the kinds of environments these planets experience, he added.
Meanwhile, a spacecraft is all set to launch for its 11th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on June 1 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florid by SpaceX, reported IANS. According to NASA, it will be the sixth SpaceX rocket to take off from the historic pad.