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>> NASA says it's gearing up for a groundbreaking mission to touch the sun. The plan is to send an unmanned probe directly into the sun's atmosphere next summer. The Parker solar probe will travel within 4 million miles of the sun's surface, putting it closer to the sun then any spacecraft before it.
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>> We're gonna go right up into the Corona. Now 4 million miles might not sound that close to you. But if the Earth and the Sun were separated by one meter, we would be at four centimeters from the Sun. So it's actually very, very close.>> The probe will travel around the Sun at about 430,000 miles an hour.
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That's about 118 miles a second. As it orbits around the sun's outermost atmosphere, the probe will collect data to help scientists understand how stars work.>> We are also gonna be providing critical information that will allow us to better forecast how our Earth's environment responds to the Sun.
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>> Specifically, how solar flares work to interfere with electronic devices and systems that largely control daily life on Earth. The mission is scheduled to end in June of 2025.