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NASA to announce details of its historic mission to 'touch the sun'

NASA will reveal the details and the launch date for the Solar Probe Plus spacecraft on May 31st

ANI  |  Washington 

Photo credit: NASA Kepler and K2's Twitter Handle
Photo credit: NASA Twitter Handle

is expected to announce new details on its first mission to fly directly into our sun's atmosphere on May 31.

The mission, Solar Probe Plus, is scheduled to launch in the summer of 2018.

Jonathan Lunine, the director of the Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science at Cornell University, expects we'll see incredible detail of the dynamic

According to Lunine, "will pass within four million miles of the - that's almost eight times closer to the than the orbit of Mercury - and provide incredible detail on the dynamic "

"will fly closer to the than the distance at which even close-in exoplanets orbit their own Suns, giving us unprecedented information on the kinds of environments these planets experience," he noted.

First Published: Wed, May 31 2017. 04:35 IST