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NASA's Parker Solar Probe Sheds New Light on the Sun

4 Dec 2019, 18:00 UTC
NASA's Parker Solar Probe Sheds New Light on the Sun NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Scott Wiessinger

In August 2018, NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched to space, soon becoming the closest-ever spacecraft to the Sun. With cutting-edge scientific instruments to measure the environment around the spacecraft, Parker Solar Probe has completed three of 24 planned passes through never-before-explored parts of the Sun's atmosphere, the corona. On Dec. 4, 2019, four new papers in the journal Nature describe what scientists have learned from this unprecedented exploration of our star — and what they look forward to learning next.

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