What you need to know about NASA's mission to touch the sun

This rendering demonstrates the anticipated approach of the Parker Solar Probe to the sun’s atmosphere

By coming closer to the Sun than any spacecraft in history, the unmanned probe's main goal is to unveil the secrets of the corona, the unusual atmosphere around the Sun.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. NASA is sending a spacecraft straight into the sun's glittering crown, an atmospheric region so hot and harsh any normal visitor would wither. And what powers the solar wind, the stream of charged particles that flows outward from the corona at speeds on the order of a million miles per hour?

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Through this mission, NASA is hoping to solve decades-old mysteries around what accelerates the solar winds that affect Earth and other planets. After that late September flyby, the Parker should make its first close approach to the sun on November 1 - the first of about two dozen solar passes and seven gravity assists from Venus.

The Parker probe will be able to identify how these solar winds are formed, and perhaps explain the mechanism that allows the particles to escape.

The spacecraft will hit 690,000 kph in the corona at closest approach. It's expected to make the first Venus pass at the end of September.

Look for Facebook Live events throughout Friday from the Kennedy Space Center sharing a behind the scenes look at preparing for this and future missions.

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This manoeuvre will expose the probe "to extreme heat and strong radiation" but it will also allow 'humanity to learn from the closest observations of a star ever made, ' the USA space agency continued.

"We've been inside the orbit of Mercury and done wonderful things, but until you go and touch the sun, you can't answer these questions", said Nicola Fox, mission project scientist. A second set, called Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun, will figure out how those particles got to be moving so fast - more than 1 million miles per hour (500 km per second) - in the first place. It will orbit around the sun 24 times over the next seven years.

The mission is also the first one to ever be named after a living scientist, astrophysicist Eugene Parker from the University of Chicago, Illinois.

"In a lot of ways, it's an ending, the spacecraft is going into space", said Parker Solar Probe Engineer Betsy Congdon.

"The sun is hot", said project manager Andrew Driesman.

The Parker Solar Probe will carry a chip with photos of Parker, his revolutionary paper and his message to the sun: "Let's see what lies ahead". Among other things, the spacecraft will carry a microchip with more than a million names on it. Talk of such a solar probe, he said, "probably goes back at least 40 years". Among the properties that it will be measuring regularly are the electric and magnetic fields present, along with the velocity, density, and temperature of particles that typically make up solar wind-protons, electrons, and heavier ionized nuclei. I'm sure that there will be some surprises.

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