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July 20, 2016
Solar Probe Plus Mission Moves into Advanced Development
Laurel MD (SPX) Jul 17, 2016
NASA's first mission to "touch" the Sun has passed a critical development milestone that keeps it well on track toward its scheduled summer 2018 launch. Following a successful NASA management review on July 7, the Solar Probe Plus mission - which will send a spacecraft on several daring data-collecting runs through the Sun's atmosphere - is moving into the system assembly, integration, test and launch stage of the project. NASA terms this period as Phase D, during which the mission team will ... read more

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The Sun's hidden magnetic field during grand minimum
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MMS Puts Magnetic Reconnection Under the Microscope
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NASA directly observes fundamental process of nature for 1st time
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Spacecraft fly through magnetic phenomenon to understand space weather
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Sun's magnetic field during the grand minimum is in fact at its maximum
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SDO captures images of a mid-level solar flare
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