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NASA is sending a spaceship closer to the sun than anyone has ever gone before

This July 6, 2018 photo made available by NASA shows the Parker Solar Probe in a clean room at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Fla., after the installation of its heat shield. NASA's Parker Solar Probe will be the first spacecraft to "touch" the sun, hurtling through the sizzling solar atmosphere and coming within just 3.8 million miles (6 million kilometers) of the surface. (Ed Whitman/Johns Hopkins APL/NASA via AP)
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NASA will send a spacecraft on a mission to get a closer look at the sun.

The Parker Solar Probe, named after American solar astrophysicist Eugene Parker, will fly closer to our star than any other man-made object.

The car-sized probe, which will get within 3.9million miles of the sun’s surface, is set to blast off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday at 8.33am British time. It is expected to approach the sun in 2024.

This July 6, 2018 photo made available by NASA shows the Parker Solar Probe in a clean room at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Fla., after the installation of its heat shield. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will be the first spacecraft to “touch” the sun, hurtling through the sizzling solar atmosphere and coming within just 3.8 million miles (6 million kilometers) of the surface. (Ed Whitman/Johns Hopkins APL/NASA via AP)

Scientists hope to unlock mysteries such as why the sun’s corona, the outermost layer of its atmosphere, is hotter than its surface.

The spacecraft will orbit the sun 24 times – sampling the solar wind and providing close-up observations – while enduring temperatures of 1,377C (2510F).

A heat shield made using carbon composite coated with ceramic will protect it from the extreme conditions, Nasa says.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/