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NASA to fly probe into Sun’s surface

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Published Jun 1, 2017, 1:52 am IST
Updated Jun 1, 2017, 1:53 am IST
The last time a spacecraft came close to the stars surface was in 1976.
The probe will orbit within 6.2 million kilometres of the Sun’s surface and withstand temperatures of nearly 1,377 degrees Celsius.(Image: NASA/Screen grab)
 The probe will orbit within 6.2 million kilometres of the Sun’s surface and withstand temperatures of nearly 1,377 degrees Celsius.(Image: NASA/Screen grab)

 Nasa is set to announce a new mission to fly directly into the Sun’s atmosphere. The US space agency said the Solar Probe Plus, which will help “revolutionise our understanding of the Sun”, is expected to launch in the summer of next year. The probe will orbit within 6.2 million kilometres of the Sun’s surface and withstand temperatures of nearly 1,377 degrees Celsius. According to Nasa, the spacecraft will come “well within the orbit of Mercury” and will be “more than seven times closer than any spacecraft has come before”, a news agency reported. The last time a spacecraft came close to the stars surface was in 1976. The announcement will be made on a live webcast on Nasa TV.

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