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NASA to launch probe to the Sun that will go closest than any mission ever has
In case you thought NASA was done surprising you, here is a fact to make you think again: NASA is launching a probe to the Sun.

Not only will it be the first mission to get closer to the Sun that any mission ever in history has but also will 'touch' the star.

Will the robot survive? Well, yes. The robot is designed in a way that it can withstand going so dangerously close to the Sun.

The mission has been named as the Parker Solar Probe and is scheduled to be launched in between July 31 and August 19 next year.

As surprising is the mission, so is its cost at $1.5 billion

As per reports, the robot can survive sunlight 3,000 times more intense as compared to the sunlight received by the Earth.

Why this mission? To solve two decades-old mysteries:

  1. Why does the Sun have a solar wind in the first place?

  2. How does the corona heat up to millions of degrees?

"That defies the laws of nature. It's like water rolling uphill. Until you actually go there and touch the Sun, you can't answer these questions," said Nicola Fox, a project scientist for the mission during a televised NASA briefing.

"We want to go down there, take the challenge of going into the worst environment in the solar system and...really prove what the processes are that, in fact, make and accelerate the solar wind," Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, said during the briefing.

The mission will fly about 3.9 million miles away from the surface of the Sun. That itself is a record because that is seven times closer than any spacecraft has ever travelled to the surface of the Sun.

Also, this is the first time that NASA has named a spacecraft after a living individual, Eugene Parker. Parker is the S Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago.

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