- SWEAP - Solar wind electrons Alphas & Protons Investigation
- WISPR - the Wide-field Imager for Solar Probe Plus
- FIELDS - The Fields Investigation for the Solar Probe Plus
- ISIS - Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun
- Human - Solar Probe+ Investigative Scientist (Marco Velli)
Friday, September 3, 2010
For quite some time, NASA has sought to solve one of the greatest mysteries in our Solar System, the Sun and all of her dynamics and science.
Set to launch no later than 2018, this will bring great and imaginative minds together with Science and Physics beyond what I can comprehend. There will be new strides made in making materials that can withstand the heat of the Sun.
According to Lika Guhathakurta, "Solar Probe+ is going where no spacecraft has gone before," Guhathakurta is a Solar Probe+ program scientist at NASA HQ. "For the first time, we'll be able to 'touch, taste and smell' the sun", he stated.
Last year NASA sent invitations around the world inviting great minds and think tanks to submit proposals of possible scientific investigations that could be done with the probe. (The size of the Solar Probe they are sending is about 'smart car' size. (link) What the Solar Probe Will Look Like) Out of 13 Proposals, 5 were chosen:
There are two questions that scientists have wanted to find answers to...
Why is the sun's atmosphere is so much hotter than its surface?
what propels the solar wind?
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