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NASA is about to plunge a probe into the sun's atmosphere. Here's why

9 Aug 2018, 20:03 UTC
NASA is about to plunge a probe into the sun's atmosphere. Here's why Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Around 2,500 years ago, ancient Greek astronomers thought the bright glowing ball in the sky was generated by a red-hot stone. We've come a long way since then, but the sun still holds many mysteries. NASA hopes a new spacecraft will unravel some of those secrets. Due to launch on Saturday around 5:30pm (AEST), the Parker Solar Probe is destined to plunge into the sun's atmosphere.

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