The Parker solar probe, a robotic spacecraft the size of a small auto, launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Sunday, embarking on a seven-year mission which will see it flying into the sun'scorona - the outermost part of its atmosphere - within 3.8m miles (6.1 m km) of its surface.
It is set to fly into the Sun's corona within 3.8 million miles (6.1 million km) of the solar surface, seven times closer than any other spacecraft.
The spacecraft is protected from melting during its close shave with the Sun by a heat shield just 4.5 inches (11.43 centimeters) thick.
"Parker Solar Probe would be just 4cm away from the Sun", explains Dr Fox.
Mankind's first mission to "touch" the Sun may have panned out differently had it not been for Indian-American astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, whose intervention made it possible for a research paper proposing the existence of solar wind to get published 60 years ago.
"The sun is full of mysteries", said Nicky Fox, project scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. That's nearly 10 times closer than Mercury gets, and seven times closer than any previous probe. The spacecraft will also be prepared for the first of seven planned Venus flybys scheduled for October 2.
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But after splashing out £170m in the transfer market this summer, hopes are high they can improve on last season's fourth place. We jump into the water and we dive until we don't have oxygen anymore.
With this first-of-its-kind stellar mission, scientists hope to unlock the many mysteries of the sun, a commonplace yellow dwarf star around 4.5 billion years old.
"I really have to turn from biting my nails and getting it launched to thinking about all the interesting things which I don't know yet, and which will be made clear, I assume, over the next five or six or seven years", Parker said.
NASA chief of the science mission directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen, said Parker is an "incredible hero of our scientific community".
NASA project manager Andy Driesman said: "We will fly by Venus seven times throughout the mission". "Parker Solar Probe will enable groundbreaking research, making space a safer to be".
From Earth, it is 93 million miles to the sun (150 million kilometres), and the Parker probe will be within four percent of that distance.
"We'll also be the fastest human-made object ever, travelling around the Sun at speeds of up to 690,000km/h (430,000mph) - NY to Tokyo in under a minute". It's going to make 24 orbits of the sun and will break speed records by travelling at 430,000 miles per hour.
"We've had to wait so long for our technology to catch up with our dreams", Fox said. His 1958 paper was initially ridiculed but has come to be central to our understanding of the solar system and beyond. As you might guess, NASA is relying on automation to make this work.
Jones and his family send their deepest condolences and their thoughts and prayers to the Szabo family", Massena said. Police arrested Jones, of Kernerville, North Carolina, on Thursday and charged him with third-degree assault.
The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health has recorded its first human case of West Nile virus this year. The Health Department wants to remind the public that the virus is present and has been around for many years.
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Emery could not have been handed a more hard start to life at Arsenal with a trip to Chelsea following on from the visit of City. But he does look set to leave Arsenal , with new Gunners boss Unai Emery having judged him surplus to requirements.
But, as NPR reported , the very section that Manigault told Martin to read actually was the part that contradicted her claims. I mean, Manigault did say once that "every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump ".
This is a special election, not a primary, so the victor of Ohio's vote tonight will head to Congress after votes are counted. Democrats are hoping to rally enough of their anti-Trump base to take control of the House and Senate this fall.
Trump has called for a "separate but equal" space force, a complicated and expensive move that requires congressional approval. On Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis called Pence "the point man " on issues pertaining to the USA military and space .
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In football you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have that until now. "No miracles", he told a press conference (via United's official website ).
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One window later, Liverpool can get him a lot cheaper since the manager Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of Fekir. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.