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NASA’s First Solar Exploration Mission To Commence Next Year: All You Need To Know

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The first-ever solar exploration mission is one its way and will have effect by the end of 2018, confirmed the US-based space agency – NASA.

In its recent press interview, the National Aeronautics and Space Organisation (NASA) has confirmed about its upcoming ambitious mission to explore the centre of solar system – the Sun, and for accomplishing the mission, the agency is busy in developing the probe which will take close flyby to the Sun. Astronomers and scientists, across the world, have successfully managed to send spacecraft and probes to Moon, Mars, Saturn and many other planets, exoplanets, and asteroids of the solar system. But no one has yet succeeded in exploring the hot star – Sun.

But in a first-of-its-kind experiment, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is planning to send the robotic and powerful spacecraft to explore the hidden secrets of solar system’s fierce hub – Sun. The mission, dubbed as “Solar Probe Plus” is expected to have effect in late 2018. According to the report, published by a leading daily ‘The Sun’, NASA’s Solar Probe Plus will orbit within four million miles of the surface of the sun, as going more closer can destroy the probe. However, NASA has developed the probe in such a manner that it can withstand 343 Watts. As expected by the scientists, the robotic probe will be capable of withstanding the heat and intense radiation of the sun, like no spacecraft has done before.

As declared by NASA, Solar Probe Plus mission will be launched on 31st July 2018. Weighing the 610-kg and measuring 1-meter wide and 3-meter tall, the spacecraft will take wings to the skies from Cape Canaveral SLC-37 launch-pad aboard Delta IV Heavy rocket. Designed with a total targeted orbital period of 6 years, 321 days, the spacecraft is designed and developed by the Applied Physics Laboratory. The spacecraft can endure 343 Watts at its nearest loom to the sun. The spacecraft also has an 11.4 centimetres carbon-composite armament at its outside, which enables it to survive temperature up to 1,370 degrees Celsius.

The launch of Solar Probe is aimed at exploring three fundamental factors of the sun, which have been intriguing the human since long. Alongside the make out of Sun’s corona – massive hole located in the heart of Sun, the space probe is also expected to put light on some other crucial matters like the reason that has made the atmosphere of Sun hotter than the temperature of its surface, the motivation behind the infrequently emission of intense solar flares, radiations, and powerful particles that put the unprotected astronauts and spacecraft in danger.

Moreover, the space probe will also focus on finding answers to the age-old questions like “what is the nature of Sun’s structure and dynamics of the magnetic fields, formed by the by the burning star and how the dusty plasma impinges on the configuration of solar wind and an energetic particle?”

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Kanishk Singh

Kanishk Singh, co-founder, and editor-in-chief at The TeCake, has forayed in the Science and Space for over five years, he enjoys his stint as an editor of several local magazines. He has written several editorials and high-level documentations.

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