Nasa to launch Solar Probe Plus mission to the surface of the SUN to protect Earth from ‘huge solar event’

SUN: NASA is gearing up to send a robot to the Sun to help prepare for a “huge solar event” that could wreak havoc on Earth.

The Solar Plus Probe will come within four million miles of the sun’s surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft has endured before.

Scientists hope it will unlock the mysteries of the Sun’s corona, the massive hole in the heart of the star.

Experts know that the unstable corona is believed to be cooler than the Sun’s atmosphere, but have no idea why.

And it is a prime spot for producing potentially devastating solar wind, flares and mass “ejections” that can reach Earth’s atmosphere.

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27 Comments on Nasa to launch Solar Probe Plus mission to the surface of the SUN to protect Earth from ‘huge solar event’

  1. Know how in “1984” Goldstein described the Party’s policy of deliberately wasting wealth and materiel though endless war? This somehow reminds me of that.




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  2. prime spot for producing potentially devastating solar wind, flares and mass “ejections” that can reach Earth’s atmosphere.

    That’s a lot of words for a progfart so it’s shortened to “(man made) climate change.”




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  3. I thought the sun’s corona was around two million degrees (F, C, or K – that that point does it matter?) and THAT is the thing they don’t understand.




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  4. Whut… they gonna talk to the Sun and give it what fer if it decides to act up or just find out when we should put our heads between our knees and kiss our asses goodbye?




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  5. “…the Sun’s corona, the massive hole in the heart of the star”

    What? I thought the Suns’ corona was the outer edge of the Sun visible during a total eclipse. So now sciencytists claim to know what the inside of the Sun holds? I thought it would be More Hotness.




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  6. I hope they’re looking long term at this (if the probe lasts so long), since the sun is entering a quiet period right now. No solar flares, no corona ejections, no/low sunspot count. Called the Maunder Minimum, this solar quiet period generally accounts for GLOBAL COOLING.

    Maybe we can burn and melt the fat off of AlGorical to warm the Earth up to normal.




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  7. Not to be outdone, The Iranians announced that THEY were going to LAND on the sun. When world scientists exclaimed that they would burn up if they tried, the Iranians answered, “Oh, we got that licked. We’re going to land at night!”




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  8. “…the Sun’s corona, the massive hole in the heart of the star”
    That is not even wrong, it’s spherically wrong
    I agree that learning to harden electronics to withstand the sun’s radiation is good for science.
    Other than that, I think we should invest into hardening everyday electronics, like cars, and civic infrastructure electronics, like the power grid.




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  9. The science guy, Bill Nye, said it’s not a problem, if we can get the funding, we can get to the sun. I hope he takes Al Gore and about 600 other “scientists” with him.




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  10. Take 500 Democrats and drop ’em in the sun. You know, just in case there IS a sun god and we can appease him. Of course, it might also piss him off!




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  11. “Bill Clinton perked right up when they mentioned “mass ejections.”

    yo Irony, so did Barry “Man Country” Obama




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  12. Not only do you have to go at night, you should bring a car door with you so you can roll the window down when it starts getting hot.




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