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NASA Plans To Visit The Sun Answered

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

8 years ago

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

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Lithium Rain

10 years ago

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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bumpusLithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

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

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Kitemanbumpus

Reply 10 years ago

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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KitemanLithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

Not me, that's for sure.

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

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Lithium RainKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

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

10 years ago

Wouldn't it be safer to go at night?

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

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bumpusKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

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

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Kitemanbumpus

Reply 10 years ago

I have young(er) reflexes...

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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

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

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westfw

10 years ago

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

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forgesmithwestfw

Reply 10 years ago

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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Goodhartwestfw

Reply 10 years ago

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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forgesmithwestfw

Reply 10 years ago

And a very good one at that! ;- )

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killerjackalope

10 years ago

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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bumpuskillerjackalope

Reply 10 years ago

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

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killerjackalopebumpus

Reply 10 years ago

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

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Spl1nt3rC3ll

10 years ago

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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bumpusSpl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 10 years ago

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

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Kitemanbumpus

Reply 10 years ago

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

10 years ago

WHAT!!!

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

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Sandisk1duo

10 years ago

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

10 years ago

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

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gschoppe

10 years ago

"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

10 years ago

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

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bumpusLinuxH4x0r

Reply 10 years ago

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