NASA to Launch Spacecraft Into the Sun's Atmosphere Next Year

The purpose is to study the outer solar atmosphere and better understand how stars like ours work

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An image depicts NASA's Solar Probe Plus spacecraft approaching the sun.
An image depicts NASA's Solar Probe Plus spacecraft approaching the sun.Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory via AP

A NASA spacecraft will aim straight for the sun next year.

The space agency announced the red-hot mission Wednesday at the University of Chicago.

Scheduled to launch in summer 2018, the Solar Probe Plus will fly within 4 million miles of the sun's surface — right into the solar atmosphere. It will be subjected to brutal heat and radiation like no other man-made structure before.

The purpose is to study the sun's outer atmosphere and better understand how stars like ours work.

The announcement came during a ceremony honoring astrophysicist Eugene Parker, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago.

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