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NASA Prepares to Launch Parker Solar Probe, a Mission to Touch the Sun

Sun Jul 20, 2018
No earlier than Aug. 6, 2018, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy will thunder to space carrying the car-sized spacecraft, which will study the Sun closer than any human-made object ever has.

Traveling to the Sun: Why Won’t Parker Solar Probe Melt?

Sun Jul 19, 2018
This summer, NASA's Parker Solar Probe will launch to travel closer to the Sun, deeper into the solar atmosphere, than any mission before it. Cutting-edge technology and engineering will help it beat...

NASA Invites Media to Preview Briefing on Spacecraft that will “Touch” Sun

Sun Jul 18, 2018
Media are invited to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a preview briefing on the agency’s Parker Solar Probe at 1 p.m. EDT Friday, July 20. The event will air live on NASA Television,...

Discovering Structure in the Outer Corona

Sun Jul 18, 2018
Using advanced algorithms and data-cleaning techniques, scientists discovered never-before-detected, fine-grained structures in the outer corona — the Sun’s million-degree atmosphere — by...

NASA Invites Media to Visit with Spacecraft That Will “Touch” Sun

Sun Jul 5, 2018
Media are invited to view NASA’s Parker Solar Probe at 1:30 p.m. EDT Friday, July 13, at the Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility in Titusville, Florida.

Cutting-Edge Heat Shield Installed on NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

Sun Jul 5, 2018
When you're designing a mission to touch the Sun, one key question comes to mind: How will you stop it from overheating? Parker Solar Probe's heat shield is a big part of the answer, and it was...

NASA Invites Media to View Launch of Mission to “Touch” Sun

Sun Jul 2, 2018
Media accreditation is open for the launch of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, a historic mission that will revolutionize our understanding of the Sun.
Photo of CubeSat over Earth's horizon taken from the ISS

High-Precision Pointing on a CubeSat Enables New Science

Sun Jun 18, 2018
A team led by University of Colorado researchers has successfully developed the first science CubeSat mission for NASA’s Heliophysics Division. The Miniature X-ray Solar Spectrometer-1 (MinXSS-1)...

Revised Launch Date Targeted for Parker Solar Probe

Sun Jun 15, 2018
NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory are now targeting launch of the agency’s Parker Solar Probe spacecraft no earlier than Aug. 4, 2018, to accommodate further software...

Sounding Rocket Takes a Second Look at the Sun

Sun Jun 15, 2018
In the harsh space environment, scientific instruments can degrade quickly. With the help of the EVE sounding rocket, scientists can still recover quality data from them.