Revealing New Science from NASA’s Mission to Touch the Sun

Revealing New Science from NASA’s Mission to Touch the Sun


The Sun—the heart of our solar system—is
a yellow dwarf star, a hot ball of glowing gases. Its gravity holds the solar system together. Electric currents in the Sun generate a magnetic
field that is carried out through the solar system by the solar wind—a stream of electrically
charged gas blowing outward from the Sun in all directions. The connections and interactions between the
Sun and Earth drive space weather conditions on our planet, which can affect satellites
and power grids, change the radiation belts and trigger the aurora. And never before have we been able to study
it so closely. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is diving into
the Sun’s atmosphere, facing brutal heat and radiation, on a mission to touch the Sun. And this spacecraft is changing the way we
see and understand our nearest star. Today, NASA will reveal the surprising discoveries
that this unprecedented spacecraft is uncovering about our Sun.

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