NASA To Launch Mission To The Sun In 2018

However that should happen soon after NASA's upcoming mission to the sun. But, the atmosphere above the surface of sun is a blistering 2 million degrees Celsius. The Solar Probe Plus mission was announced in 2008, with Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory announcing it will design and build the spacecraft. A launch window for the Solar Probe Plus will occur between July 31 - August 19, 2018, according to NASA. And fuelling the space exploration programs is the new initiative by NASA to send robot to the sun. This mission will provide insight on a critical link in the Sun-Earth connection. Astronomers say that the atmosphere of the sun is hotter than the unstable corona and now the scientists are looking forward to explaining this scenario to all. However, unlike Icarus, who plunged to his death when the sun melted his wings, we need to be very careful in our endeavor. The sun's volume would need 1.3 million Earths to fill it.

"You'd think the farther away you get from a heat source, you'd get colder", Eric Christian, a NASA research scientist at the Greenbelt, Maryland-based Goddard Space Flight Center, told Studies have indicated that the surface temperature on Sun is 5,500 degrees Celsius and that's way too less compared to the temperatures of the atmosphere of the Sun that is sizzling at a whopping two million degrees Celsius. The farther we get from the solar surface, the hotter it becomes for millions of miles.

NASA hopes the mission will provide answers to three specific questions about the Sun, which can not be answered from Earth's distance of 93 million miles. "The sun blows a stream of charged particles in all directions at a million miles an hour", Christian said.

Next, NASA wants to know how the solar wind gets its speed.

US' Fox News features mysterious 'security advisor' from Sweden
He told Dagens Nyheter on Friday that he was a USA -based independent analyst, and Fox News had chosen its description of him. The New York Times reports that Nils Tolling pursued war studies at King's College London for one year.

Technological and infrastructure affected by space weather events. As per the reports, they have designed a 1.4 centimetres carbon-composite shield that can survive at 1,370 degrees Celsius.

The unmanned probe will have special heat tubes called thermal radiators that will radiate heat that permeates the heat shield to open space, "so it does not go to the instruments, which are sensitive to heat", Christian added. If everything works properly, the probe should maintain room temperature inside, and be able to beam back data. The probe will likewise get protection from radiation, which can damage the electrical circuits and memory.

Unlike landing probes on Mars and Moon, scientists can not land a probe on the Sun, but they will try to make the closest approach to the Sun while keeping the spacecraft alive.

Related Articles

  • 'Get Out' is absolutely killing at the box office

    Taking second place was The Lego Batman Movie, which earned an additional $19 million and passing the $200 million mark globally. According to BoxOfficeMojo , Jordan Peele's hit horror film brought in over 12 million dollars on Saturday.
    French historian Henry Rousso almost  deported from US

    French historian Henry Rousso almost deported from US

    Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a historian at New York University, said on Twitter, "His work on cost of forgetting past (Vichy) so relevant". However he said his situation was "nothing compared to some of the people I saw who couldn't be defended as I was".

    Los Angeles Kings swap goalies, draft picks, with Tampa Bay Lightning

    Louis and Ottawa, Bishop (who's 6-foot-7) has been a solid National Hockey League goalie for the past four seasons for Tampa Bay. Quick made 32 saves during a 4-1 victory Saturday over the Ducks at Staples Center in his return to the lineup.
  • With Legal Weed on the Rise, Pediatricians Worried About Teen Use

    The advice comes in a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics , published Monday in Pediatrics . However Ryan warned that today's marijuana is much more potent, and therefore potentially more risky.
    'Encouraging Initial Successes' for Western Mosul, DoD Official Says

    'Encouraging Initial Successes' for Western Mosul, DoD Official Says

    Western Mosul contains the old city center, with its ancient souks, the Grand Mosque and most government administrative buildings. By UN estimates, between 750,000 and 800,000 civilians are in Mosul's western districts.

    Samsung increases transparency on donations amid scandal

    Previously, only payments over 680 billion won ($600.9 million) needed the thumbs up from the board. Were these executives to leave too, Samsung could be in trouble.
  • Mahershala Ali Welcomes First Child Just Days Before Academy Awards

    Mahershala Ali Welcomes First Child Just Days Before Academy Awards

    Beating out Jeff Bridges , Lucas Hedges , Dev Patel , and Michael Shannon , Ali really did have the best performance of the year. The actor then started his speech by thanking the people who played the most important role in his success - his teachers.
    'Moonlight' sweeps Spirit Awards with six wins ahead of Oscars

    'Moonlight' sweeps Spirit Awards with six wins ahead of Oscars

    Hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney , the awards will take place in Santa Monica, California. He then added, "I'm preaching to the choir, but I'm just lending my voice to the chorus".

    AJKSU stands with students, professors of Ramjas College

    The Delhi Police had admitted "unprofessional" conduct on the part of some of its personnel during the clashes and suspended three policemen.
  • EPA administrator lied about private email use in Senate testimony

    EPA administrator lied about private email use in Senate testimony

    Pruitt said the EPA under Obama's administration caused "regulatory uncertainty" for businesses and trampled on the rights of states and Congress.
    Nightwing Live-Action Film To Be Directed By Chris McKay

    Nightwing Live-Action Film To Be Directed By Chris McKay

    Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay is in talks to direct a live-action Nightwing film, according to The Hollywood Reporter . McKay's "Lego Batman" film was his directorial debut, and was a success, grossing over $180 million worldwide.
    Stocks Roundup: Bloomin' Brands, Inc

    Stocks Roundup: Bloomin' Brands, Inc

    Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reissued a "hold" rating on shares of Bloomin' Brands in a report on Tuesday, January 3rd. Bloomin' Brands has more than 1,500 locations in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and about 20 other countries.