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NASA Plans To Visit The Sun Answered

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The name of the mission is Solar Probe+ (pronounced "Solar Probe plus"). It's a heat-resistant spacecraft designed to plunge deep into the sun's atmosphere where it can sample solar wind and magnetism first hand. Launch could happen as early as - (continued here)

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FrozenIce (author)2010-11-16

great idea, and for any one going to the sun i sugest takeing sun galsses! LOL

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Lithium Rain (author)2008-07-12

I think this is great. I really think NASA could do so much more, we could have a permanent moonbase, we could be on Mars, if they had the funding.

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bumpus (author)Lithium Rain2008-07-12

yeah, so much cool stuff out there in space...

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Kiteman (author)bumpus2008-07-15

They had the money for a permanent Mars base - they spent it on ISS instead.

Have a look at Robert Zubrin's Mars Direct programme, maybe get Tha Case for Mars out of the library.

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2008-07-15

Who made that budget decision?!

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Kiteman (author)Lithium Rain2008-07-15

Not me, that's for sure.

Physically restrains self from bootless rant about NASA's approach to space exploration.

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2008-07-15

I know, it kills me every time I think about all the wasted money and what NASA could do with it...

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Kiteman (author)2008-07-13

Wouldn't it be safer to go at night?

...sorry, sorry, I just had to say it.... >chortle<

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bumpus (author)Kiteman2008-07-13

haha, I was waiting for that, I'm surprised you beat Goodhart to it!

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Kiteman (author)bumpus2008-07-13

I have young(er) reflexes...

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2008-07-15

They could at LEAST take a shade tree with them..... ;-)

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Plasmana (author)Kiteman2008-07-15

LOL

Hehe, that is funny...

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westfw (author)2008-07-12

Sounds like a good opportunity to do more with that "politician in space" idea!

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forgesmith (author)westfw2008-07-15

The problem is many people would want to leave a politician in space.

(Got to start with the first one anyway...)

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westfw (author)forgesmith2008-07-15
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Goodhart (author)westfw2008-07-15

Hey, most politicians would fit right in out there in outer space, as their heads would finally have equalized pressure (void inside, void outside).

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forgesmith (author)westfw2008-07-15

And a very good one at that! ;- )

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killerjackalope (author)2008-07-15

I too have decided I shall visit the sun, however I have no intention of doing anything constructive, I simply have a need to be able to say.

Should scientists ask about the sun there are three token responses I have:
- It was ok
- Didn't happen to notice
- A tad itchy

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bumpus (author)killerjackalope2008-07-15

haha, sounds like a sexual experience with one of your Ex's.. hahahahah

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killerjackalope (author)bumpus2008-07-15

Nah it's clearly the aftermath....

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killerjackalope (author)bumpus2008-07-15

Yeah I apologize, shouldn't have shown you all of it...

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Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)2008-07-14

Lots of big things are happening in 2015. Sun probes, Autonomous (if that's how you spell it) vehicles, exoskeletal super-suits, etc.

I hope the probe mission doesn't go wrong and cause a massive solar flare, wiping out Earth...

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bumpus (author)Spl1nt3rC3ll2008-07-15

I don't think anyone would like that last part about earth...
except maybe the cockroaches

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Kiteman (author)bumpus2008-07-15

I found out recently that cockroaches would actually suffer quite badly if humans became extinct - they are a semi-tropical creature in the wild, and the only reason they survive so easily around the world is the fact that humans heat their homes and leave lots of food around.

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Plasmana (author)2008-07-15

WHAT!!!

NASA is planing to visit the giant nuclear gas ball!!!!!
Now that is exciting!

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Sandisk1duo (author)2008-07-14

The heat shielding would like explode 1,000,000,000 miles from the sun. kind of pointless.. you can preform most of the experiments from Venus (or at that distance)

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Labot2001 (author)2008-07-12

Where do I sign up for the first manned flight to the Sun?

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Lithium Rain (author)Labot20012008-07-12

You'd wish you hadn't when the heat shield fails...

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ll.13 (author)Lithium Rain2008-07-13

....as they always do....in dr.who

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gschoppe (author)2008-07-13

"Phillip J Fry, if you don't do your job you'll be fired..." "That doesn't seem too bad" "..out of a cannon, into the sun." "oh."

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LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-07-12

More taxpayer dollars at work! (this looks pretty cool! I wonder how useful it will be)

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bumpus (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-07-12

I'd rather our tax dollars go to something like this...

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