August 9, 2018 / Modified aug 9, 2018 4:21 p.m.

Episode 142: University of Arizona Scientist Expects Bright Discoveries from Parker Solar Probe

A new observation satellite will be getting an up-close look at our sun.

AZSCI 142 Solar Probe An artist rendition of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe observing the Sun.
NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben

NASA is set to launch a new solar observation satellite Saturday morning. The Parker Solar Probe will fly to within 4 million miles of the sun in 2024, close enough to take the first detailed measurements of the sun's atmosphere, but far enough to keep from burning up.

Tim Swindle of the University of Arizona Lunar Planetary Lab talks with UA astrophysicist Joe Giacalone, co-investigator for the Parker Solar mission. The will measure the solar wind, energetic particles that can pose a threat to astronauts on long-term trips in outer space.

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