“Expecting the Unexpected” –NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Exploring a Region of Space Never Before Visited

Parker Solar Probe will fly closer to the Sun than any previous spacecraft and through the solar corona itself. “We will be exploring a region of space that has never before been visited,” said Mark Wiedenbeck, the lead investigator on the EPI-Hi instrument and a principal research scientist at JPL. “We have ideas about what will be found, but the most important results may well come from observations that are completely unexpected.” (more…)

“Sizzling!” –WATCH Live Tomorrow: NASA’s Parker Probe Launch to Plunge into Within 4″ of the Sun’s Atmosphere

 

 

The first ever spacecraft to fly directly toward the Sun was poised to blast off today, on a mission to plunge into our star’s sizzling atmosphere and unlock the mysteries of the center of the solar system was scrubbed today due to a violation of a launch limit, resulting in a hold. There was not enough time remaining in the window to recycle.

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