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NASA spacecraft to fly closer to the sun than ever before

Illustration of the Parker Solar Probe. Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins, APL/Steve Gribben, UofM College of Science and Engineering
Illustration of the Parker Solar Probe. Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins, APL/Steve Gribben, UofM College of Science and Engineering

University of Minnesota physicists are part of a NASA mission to understand coronal heating and the solar wind. The researchers make up one of the four teams chosen to design experiments for the Parker Solar Probe that launched from Cape Canaveral on August 12.  Keith Goetz of the University of Minnesota School of Physics and Astronomy stopped by The Roadhouse to tell us more about this amazing feat.  You can also find out more here, as well as track the Parker Solar Probe during its mission here.

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