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NASA’s Mission to Touch the Sun Launches Soon
WASHINGTON -- 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. "The spacecraft is buttoned up, looking beautiful and ready for flight," Nicola Fox, Parker Solar Probe project scientist at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, said during a NASA press conference Friday.