How close can spacecraft get to the Sun without burning up? That may be a topic of hot debate but researchers are working on a concept to get closer than ever before. This is the NASA Innovative Advanced Concept (NIAC) that explores the capabilities and benefits of a new solar protection system.
This video represents a research study within the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. NIAC is a visionary and far-reaching aerospace program, one that has the potential to create breakthrough technologies for possible future space missions. However, such early stage technology developments may never become actual NASA missions.
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