Solar Probe to Plunge Into Sun's Atmosphere

NASA’s daring plan to visit the sun took a giant leap forward recently with the selection of five key science investigations for the Solar Probe+ spacecraft.

Slated to launch no later than 2018, the smart car-sized spacecraft will plunge directly into the atmosphere of the sun, aiming to solve some of the biggest mysteries of solar physics. Today’s announcement means that researchers can begin building sensors for unprecedented in situmeasurements of the solar system’s innermost frontier.

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