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New views of Sun: Two missions will go closer to our star than ever before
phys.org ^ | May 16, 2018 by | Micheala Sosby, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Posted on 05/17/2018 7:31:29 AM PDT by BenLurkin

NASA's Parker Solar Probe and ESA's (the European Space Agency) Solar Orbiter may resolve decades-old questions about the inner workings of our nearest star. Their comprehensive, up-close study of the Sun has important implications for how we live and explore: Energy from the Sun powers life on Earth, but it also triggers space weather events that can pose hazard to technology we increasingly depend upon. Such space weather can disrupt radio communications, affect satellites and human spaceflight, and—at its worst—interfere with power grids. A better understanding of the fundamental processes at the Sun driving these events could improve predictions of when they'll occur and how their effects may be felt on Earth.

"Our goal is to understand how the Sun works and how it affects the space environment to the point of predictability," said Chris St. Cyr, Solar Orbiter project scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. "This is really a curiosity-driven science."

Parker Solar Probe is slated to launch in the summer of 2018, and Solar Orbiter is scheduled to follow in 2020. These missions were developed independently, but their coordinated science objectives are no coincidence: Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter are natural teammates.

Both missions will take a closer look at the Sun's dynamic outer atmosphere, called the corona. From Earth, the corona is visible only during total solar eclipses, when the Moon blocks the Sun's most intense light and reveals the outer atmosphere's wispy, pearly-white structure. But the corona isn't as delicate as it looks during a total solar eclipse—much of the corona's behavior is unpredictable and not well understood.

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TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: nasa; sol

1 posted on 05/17/2018 7:31:29 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Hopefully, they’re planning to go at night.


2 posted on 05/17/2018 7:33:15 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring

That will always be funny to me


3 posted on 05/17/2018 7:36:07 AM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: BenLurkin

Why not Icharus I and Icharus II ??


4 posted on 05/17/2018 7:52:45 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog
"Why not Icharus I and Icharus II ??" Ingwie Malmsteen might have a copywrite on "Icharus" ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ https://youtu.be/T1Va1F1dQWo
5 posted on 05/17/2018 8:10:52 AM PDT by Clutch Martin (Hot sauce aside, every culture has its pancakes, just as every culture has its noodle.)
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6 posted on 05/17/2018 8:14:19 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Clutch Martin

Besides, Icharus (the original dude) failed HARD.


7 posted on 05/17/2018 10:03:46 AM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: UCANSEE2

The Flight of Icarus, by Iron Maiden.


8 posted on 05/17/2018 10:54:07 AM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: BenLurkin

Looks like my son will lose his status of having the best view of the sun on earth. He works at NASA Goddard on a solar observatory satellite team.


9 posted on 05/17/2018 11:24:42 AM PDT by cyclotic ( We’re the first ones taxed, the last ones considered and the first ones punished)
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10 posted on 05/17/2018 5:32:08 PM PDT by Chode (You have all of the resources you are going to have. Abandon your illusions and plan accordingly.)
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