NASA’s mission to touch the sun launches soon

Wearing a nearly 5-inch coat of carbon-composite solar shields, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will explore the sun’s atmosphere in a mission that is expected to launch in early August. This is NASA’s first mission to the sun and its outermost atmosphere, called the corona.

NASA is expected to release new details about the probe and its upcoming launch Friday afternoon.

It’s not a journey that any human can make, so NASA is sending a roughly 10-foot-high probe on the historic mission that...

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