13 Aug 2018

Professor Richard Easther on the NASA probe sent to the sun

From Afternoons, 2:23 pm on 13 August 2018

The Head of the University of Auckland's Physics Department Richard Easther talks about the Parker Solar Probe. What does NASA hope to learn by sending a spaceship the closest to the Sun that we've ever been?  A mere 6 million kilometres away.

This handout illustration shows an artist’s conception of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, the spacecraft that will fly through the Sun’s corona to trace how energy and heat move through the star’s atmosphere.

This handout illustration shows an artist’s conception of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, the spacecraft that will fly through the Sun’s corona to trace how energy and heat move through the star’s atmosphere. Photo: AFP PHOTO / NASA / Johns Hopkins APL

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