NASA Hopes to Make History With Its Latest Mission—to the Sun

Aug 12, 05:26 PM

No spacecraft will ever land on the surface of the sun--it's a flaming ball of gas that reaches thousands of degrees even in its coolest regions. But a new ship from Earth will fly closer to its fires than ever before in a mission that represents a big development not just for scientists but, potentially, for everyone else.

On Aug. 12, NASA launched a probe that will journey nearly 90 million miles, eventually flying within 3.8 million miles of the sun.