NASA plans daring sun mission to solve solar mysteries

Janis ColeMar 01, 2017

However that should happen soon after NASA's upcoming mission to the sun. And yet the two fundamental questions, raised in the 1940s by the discovery of the corona's million-degree temperature and in the early 1960s by the proof of the supersonic solar wind's existence, remain unanswered: Why is the solar corona so much hotter than the photosphere? Solar Probe Plus will repeatedly sample the near-Sun environment, revolutionizing our knowledge and understanding of coronal heating and of the origin and evolution of the solar wind and answering critical questions in heliophysics that have been ranked as top priorities for decades.

"Solar Probe Plus will be a historic mission, flying into the Sun's atmosphere (or corona), for the first time", said NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center website dedicated to the mission. However, unlike Icarus, who plunged to his death when the sun melted his wings, we need to be very careful in our endeavor. This mission will understand that why the surface of the sun has a low temperature than its atmosphere.

If all goes as planned, the Solar Probe Plus will be the closest that a man-made object has ever made it this close to the sun. The photosphere is around 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, but the atmosphere is much hotter at 3.5 million Fahrenheit.

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"This is going to be our first mission to fly to the Sun", said Eric Christian, a NASA research scientist at Goddard Space Flight Centre. He further explained, "You would think the farther away you get from a heat source, you would get colder, if that is case then why the atmosphere is hotter than the surface is a big puzzle".

United States space agency NASA wants to send a mission to the Sun with the aim of solving some of the most perplexing questions about our host star. The sun expels streams of charged particles in all directions at speeds of several million miles per hour.

In order to unlock the mysteries of the corona, but also to protect a society that is increasingly dependent on technology from the threats of space weather, we will send Solar Probe Plus to touch the sun. Data will be key to understanding and, perhaps, forecasting space weather.

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To carry out this aim, the SPP will hurtle around the sun at approximately 450,000mph (720,000kph), enduring the intense heat using a 4.5-inch-thick (11.43 cm) carbon-composite shield, for protection.

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. The Solar Probe Plus will also be protected from radiation, which can damage the probe's electrical circuits, especially its memory.

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