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Illustration of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe at the Sun. Credits: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

It’s Surprisingly Hard to Go to the Sun

It’s Surprisingly Hard to Go to the Sun The Sun contains 99.8 percent of the mass in our solar system. Its gravitational pull is what keeps everything here, from tiny Mercury to the gas giants to the Oort Cloud, 186 billion miles away. But even though the Sun has such…

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The NASA/ESA Solar Orbiter will capture the very first images of the Sun’s polar regions, where magnetic tension builds up and releases in a lively dance. Launching in 2020, Solar Orbiter’s study of the Sun will shed light on its magnetic structure and the many forces that shape solar activity. Credits: Spacecraft: ESA/ATG medialab; Sun: NASA/SDO/P. Testa (CfA)

New Views of Sun: 2 Missions Will Go Closer to Our Star Than Ever Before

New Views of Sun: 2 Missions Will Go Closer to Our Star Than Ever Before As we develop more and more powerful tools to peer beyond our solar system, we learn more about the seemingly endless sea of faraway stars and their curious casts of orbiting planets. But there’s only…

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Illustration of the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft approaching the Sun. Credits: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Public Invited to Come Aboard NASA’s First Mission to Touch the Sun

Public Invited to Come Aboard NASA’s First Mission to Touch the Sun Want to get the hottest ticket this summer without standing in line? NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names online to be placed on a microchip aboard NASA’s historic Parker Solar Probe mission launching…

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