12/03/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/03/2021 15:21
A mission to touch the Sun
We can answer some questions about the Sun from 93 million miles away on Earth, but to learn more, we knew we'd have to venture to our nearest star. In 2018, NASA launched Parker Solar Probe, our mission to touch the Sun.
Why won't it melt?
Flying close to the Sun is risky business (just ask Icarus), but engineers were up to the task. Check out this video to learn how they built a spacecraft that won't melt, even when it's heated to temperatures up to 2500° F. Hint: don't use wax!
Now, we're heading south to catch a special event where day becomes night and the Moon is the star of the show. Can you guess what we'll see?