JUN 02, 2017 09:46 AM PDT

How and Why NASA Intends to Go to the Sun


The Sun is the closest star we have access to, and for that reason, most of what we know about stars today is based off of what we've learned from studying our own.

On the other hand, everything we've learned so far is based off of observation from afar, and we haven't quite gotten that close to the Sun just yet. NASA is attempting to change that with a future mission to 'touch' the Sun by getting closer to it than we ever have with a specially-designed probe meant to collect data about our star and beam it back to Earth for us to study.

This mission will involve the use of new carbon composite technology that is capable of putting up with blazing-hot temperatures that will undoubtedly be encountered as we journey so closely to our Sun. This new shielding will enable the components behind it to work at near-room temperature despite being right inside of the Sun's coronal layer where temperatures reach 2,500º Fahrenheit.

We might be able to use what we learn from this mission to develop improvements in our predictions of solar activity and to improve future space probe technology.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
NOV 17, 2019
Plants & Animals
NOV 17, 2019
Watch a Hungry Polar Bear Respond to an Opportunity to Eat
Polar bears necessitate lots of food to ensure their long-term survival, but many times, hunting prey isn’t easy. It’s estimated that one in tw...
NOV 17, 2019
Earth & The Environment
NOV 17, 2019
Yale Scientists Solve Mass Extinction Mystery
Scientists from Yale University have solved a mystery that has plagued scientists for decades. It’s well established that 66 million years ago, a mas...
NOV 17, 2019
Plants & Animals
NOV 17, 2019
What Makes Cheetahs Such Adept Predators?
The humble cheetah has earned its reputation as the world’s fastest land animal. This large cat is capable of accelerating to speeds of up to 60 mile...
NOV 17, 2019
Cardiology
NOV 17, 2019
Diagnosed With Atopic Dermatitis?
Eczema, dermatitis, atopic dermatitis: all names for the same disease of the skin. Although common in children during the first year of life, the condition...
NOV 17, 2019
Space & Astronomy
NOV 17, 2019
New Technologies Are Headed for the International Space Station
Space is hard, and for that reason, researchers are always trying to come up with new ways to make it easier. One of the best places for new technologies t...
NOV 17, 2019
Space & Astronomy
NOV 17, 2019
Did You Miss the Mercury Transit? Here's NASA's Footage
Monday was a particularly exciting day for amateur astronomers. It was the day that the planet Mercury performed a visible transit across the Sun’s s...
Loading Comments...