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Solar Probe Plus: NASA to reveal details on its first mission to touch sun

The mission, Solar Probe Plus, is scheduled to launch in the summer of 2018.

world Updated: May 29, 2017 12:36 IST
The mission will give unprecedented information on the kinds of environments these planets experience, scientists say.
The mission will give unprecedented information on the kinds of environments these planets experience, scientists say.(Twitter/ NASA Sun and Space)

NASA is expected to announce new details on its first mission to fly directly into our sun’s atmosphere on May 31.

The mission, Solar Probe Plus, is scheduled to launch in the summer of 2018.

Jonathan Lunine, the director of the Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science at Cornell University, expects we’ll see incredible detail of the dynamic solar atmosphere.

According to Lunine, “Solar Probe Plus will pass within four million miles of the Sun - that’s almost eight times closer to the Sun than the orbit of Mercury - and provide incredible detail on the dynamic solar atmosphere.”

“Solar Probe Plus will fly closer to the Sun than the distance at which even close-in exoplanets orbit their own Suns, giving us unprecedented information on the kinds of environments these planets experience,” he noted.