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Approaching the Sun

Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Artist’s concept of the Solar Probe Plus spacecraft approaching the sun. In order to unlock the mysteries of the corona, but also to protect a society that is increasingly dependent on technology from the threats of space weather, we will send Solar Probe Plus to touch the sun.

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Approaching the Sun

Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Artist’s concept of the Solar Probe Plus spacecraft approaching the sun. Launching in 2018, Solar Probe Plus will provide new data on solar activity and make critical contributions to our ability to forecast major space-weather events that impact life on Earth.

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Approaching the Sun

Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Artist’s concept of the Solar Probe Plus spacecraft approaching the sun. At closest approach, Solar Probe Plus will be hurtling around the sun at approximately 450,000 miles per hour! That's fast enough to get from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., in one second. Closest approach will be 3.83 million miles.

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