NASA to announce major details on mission to ‘touch the sun’ tomorrow
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is ready to share the most important details about its first “touch the sun” mission with the world at 8.30 pm on May 31. The space agency will announce details of the mission through a live event broadcast from the University Auditorium of the William Eckhardt Research Center in Chicago on NASA’s television and agency website.
The spacecraft, Solar Probe Plus (SPP), will be launched in the summer of 2018. “Located in orbit within four million miles of the surface of the sun, and against heat and radiation unlike any spacecraft in The story, the spacecraft will explore the Sun External Atmosphere and make critical observations that will answer questions from decades ago about the physics of how stars work, “NASA said. “The resulting data will improve predictions of the major space-based meteorological events that affect life on Earth, as well as satellites and astronauts in space.”
For reasons currently unknown, the outer atmosphere of the Sun Corona is several hundred times hotter than the surface of the sun, with temperatures of 500,000 degrees Celsius or more.
To get valuable data on our parent star, the solar probe will have to withstand the sparkling temperatures of more than 1400 degrees Celsius and radiation, which NASA has planned to do so by shielding it by a 11.5-cm thickness.
It will be equipped with several instruments, including a 3D camera, a solar wind particle detector and a device to measure magnetic fields. The expected cost of the solar probe project is said to be around $ 180 million.
Previous reports suggest that Solar Probe Plus is not the only ongoing NASA project to approach the Sun. The space agency is working with the European Space Agency (ESA) on another project for Sun called Solar Orbiter, a satellite that would also be Released to the star before 2020.