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NASA's Mission to Touch the Sun Shines a Light on Solar Mysteries Parker Solar Probe Releases Hot New Results From the Sun
No star is more important to us than our own Sun. But for something so necessary for life, there is a lot we don’t know about the familiar bright ball of gas. On Dec. 4th, NASA’s first mission to ‘touch’ the Sun will shed light on some of its biggest mysteries. Chat with NASA scientists on Thursday, Dec. 5th from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST to learn more about how Parker Solar Probe is changing the way we think about the Sun and its role in our solar system.
Parker Solar Probe launched in 2018 to study some of the Sun's mysteries from closer than ever before. With Parker, NASA is diving into the origins of solar wind — the stream of charged particles coming from the Sun — to learn more about how it behaves. The spacecraft is also looking back through time by examining space dust, cosmic crumbs left behind by passing comets and asteroids. Click here for more information about the Parker Solar Probe mission.
Satellite Coordinates Interview Location: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD
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Suggested Intro And Questions Anchor Intro: A MISSION TO TOUCH THE SUN…NASA’S PARKER SOLAR PROBE HAS JUST FINISHED UP ITS FIRST YEAR OF STUDYING THE SUN FROM CLOSER THAN EVER BEFORE, AND THE RESULTS ARE SIZZLING HOT. TODAY WE ARE JOINED BY _ TO TELL US MORE...
Main questions: NASA’s mission to touch the Sun has just returned its first results. What is Parker Solar Probe seeing from up close? We’ve heard that one of the things Parker is looking at is space dust. Is it anything like dust here on Earth? The Sun is hot! How can Parker “touch the Sun” without burning up? This mission is the closest spacecraft to the Sun. What other records will Parker Solar Probe break? NASA is sending astronauts back to the Moon and beyond with its Artemis program. Could the Sun affect those travel plans? Where can we learn more about the Sun and Parker Solar Probe?
Questions for longer interviews: The Sun has been pretty quiet lately. Did this period of low activity impact results from Parker Solar Probe? How does Parker Solar Probe help us understand other stars? This mission is complicated, what had to be accomplished for the Parker Solar Probe to fly? We’ve heard a lot about what’s going on up in space, how does space weather impact us on Earth?
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