Understanding more about solar activity could help scientists forecast the large eruptions from the sun that pose a threat to satellite and communications systems. "It's very important for us to be able to predict the weather in the same simple way we predict the weather on Earth", explains Alex Young, a NASA scientist.
Over the course of its mission, the Parker Solar Probe will orbit the sun 24 times while being subjected to extreme heat and radiation, with temperatures expected to reach 1,377C, almost hot enough to melt steel.
Thomas Zurbuchen, from NASA's Science Mission Directorate, said: "By studying our star, we can learn not only more about the Sun".
Mission managers say that may sound like a lot but is really quite a close shave, given the sweltering conditions out there.
The probe will travel at 430,000 miles an hour, faster than any spacecraft in history, and use Venus's gravity over the course of seven years to gradually bring its orbit closer to the sun. The Sun-facing side of the probe will endure temperatures of about 1,370 degrees Celsius.
An artist rendition of NASA's Parker Solar Probe observing the Sun.
Scientists want to know why the corona is 300 times hotter than the surface of the sun. The spacecraft's payload will be near room temperature.
Dr Nicky Fox, project scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, said: "We've been studying the Sun for decades, and now we're finally going to go where the action is".
CDC: 4 cases of West Nile virus in Minnesota
New Jersey health officials report that the state has seen its first case of West Nile virus in a human this year. August and September are traditionally the peak times for virus transmission of the mosquitoborne virus.
Discord Goes Up Against Steam With New Game Store
Discord today announced that the company has started beta testing a new digital game store with 50,000 of its Canadian users. Nitro subscribers will get access to games such as Saints Row: The Third and Metro: Last Light Redux , among others.
Manchester United wanted to pay £100m plus for Rafael Varane
Manchester United host Leicester City on Friday night in the Premier League's curtain raising clash of the 2018/19 clash. Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has shed some light on defender Toby Alderweireld's future in north London.
Previous missions have never got so close to the sphere of hot plasma since Helios 2 came within 27 miles of the sun's surface in 1976. In the Parker Solar Mission, a car-shaped spacecraft will orbit the sun's corona.
The probe will fly into the outer corona and is only able to get that close because of modern engineering, Garvin said.
To perform these unprecedented investigations, the spacecraft and instruments will be protected from the Sun's heat by a 4.5-inch-thick (11.43 cm) carbon-composite shield, which will need to withstand temperatures outside the spacecraft that reach almost 2,500 F (1,377 C).
According to NASA, PSP will carry four groups of instruments created to study magnetic fields, plasma and energetic particles and imagine the solar wind.
There is also a white light imager, taking pictures of what the spacecraft is about to "plough through", said Fox.
"The goal is to have the instruments on all the time but the prime science gathering for us is about 11 days", she told reporters ahead of the launch.
A 45-minute launch window opens on Saturday at 3:48am local time (1:18pm IST).
The historic launch will take place at Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Priyanka had earlier said, "I am a very live in the today, maximum live in the next two months kind of person". But in 10 years, I definitely want to have kids. "But, I need to give my nieces cousins at some point".
The AUD/USD still looks like a good pair to sell on rallies, with the fundamentals remaining bearish for the Aussie currency. Yesterday, the prime minister said, "now, we are the land of droughts", an indication of the current problem.
Depending on the game, players can engage in online competitive or co-op multiplayer, or take turns controlling the action. More details, including the exact launch date, will be announced closer to launch. 3, The Legend of Zelda, Dr.
During a partial solar eclipse, there is no totality because the moon will only cover a portion of the sun, according to NASA. Due to the limited range of influence, the partial solar eclipse will not be live streamed by an agency or observatory.
In the full-length letter, Apple has explained in detail its location services and has answered all the 16 questions. Apple has responded to Congress' inquiry regarding data security and privacy practices.
Escho's told the British newspaper, "I never was happy with taking photos but using filters made me feel like I looked good". Other studies have found that 55 percent of plastic surgeons have seen patients who want to look better in selfies.
"You so famously and so powerfully said, 'George Bush doesn't care about black people , '" Kimmel said. "And then told me every time I said I liked Trump that I couldn't say it out loud or my career would be over".
Phil Thompson believes Manchester City are favourites to win the Premier League title ahead of Liverpool FC this season. I was told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane .
Everton trebled their tally of summer signings from Barcelona on a productive deadline day for new manager Marco Silva. I know about Everton's players and I look forward to being able to play with my new team.
'Bright future' for Force India with takeover deal agreed
Force India COO Otmar Szafnauer worked with the administrators to find new investors and is confident the team's future is bright. Force India has been bought by a consortium led by Canadian businessman Lawrence Stroll , father of Williams F1 driver Lance.
'Worst drought in living memory': Australia's big dry
Southern Australia has experienced near-record levels of dry weather; rainfall has been 57mm below average for the time of year. Others have had to bulldoze orchards or lose their farms, leaving entire families without income, according to Australian media.
Cardiff City make move for Bournemouth's Harry Arter
Cardiff City have expressed an interest in landing AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter , according to reports. The 28-year-old Republic of Ireland worldwide last played a Premier League game for the Cherries on January 1.
NASAs planet-hunting probe catches comet in action
As Space.com explains , these brightening and dimming behavior is caused by stellar mechanics, not by planets orbiting the star. This ability is critical in the search for alien planets , which is the primary goal of NASA's advanced satellite.
Patriots to adjust Brady's contract with added incentives
The adjustments are similar to what the Patriots did past year with tight end Rob Gronkowski's deal, the source told Schefter. Even with his salary likely to sit at roughly $20 million, Brady will be a bargain among quarterbacks of his calibre.
Canadian police say at least 4 dead in shooting
The incident in the town of Fredericton is said to be "ongoing". "Doors are locked and everybody's inside", he said. She also reported that people were being escorted out of the area by police.
Pony causes a stink as Queen kick starts her summer break
The Queen didn't look impressed when an adorable pony, called Cruachan IV, defecated in front of her at Balmoral Castle yesterday. The castle is open to the public until the end of July and has been prepared for the Queen's arrival over the last week.
Holidaymakers evacuated as floods hit southern France
Ten people were taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia and minor injuries, said regional police spokesman Jerome Tallaron. Heavy floods have forced the evacuation of 1600 people - a lot of them campers - in southern France, officials say.