Solar Probe Plus


Joe Giacalone
Joe Giacalone

Solar Probe Plus: A NASA Mission to Touch the Sun

The First Mission to the Nearest Star
Solar Probe Plus will be a historic mission, flying into the Sun's atmosphere (or corona) for the first time. Coming closer to the Sun than any previous spacecraft, Solar Probe Plus will employ a combination of in situ measurements and imaging to achieve the mission's primary scientific goal: to understand how the Sun's corona is heated and how the solar wind is accelerated. Solar Probe Plus will revolutionize our knowledge of the origin and evolution of the solar wind.