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Solar Probe Plus, NASA Mission To The Sun, Due To Launch In 2018

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In this handout from NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), a X5.4 solar flare, the largest in five years, erupts from the sun's surface March 6, 2012. (Photo by NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) via Getty Images) | Getty Images

The chest-high rack of electronics Justin Kasper is assembling in a Massachusetts office park will fit in a shoe box before he's done.

It won't be much to look at — a few inches across, shaped rather like a coffee cup attached to a Kindle — but to Kasper, it'll serve as eyes across nearly 100 million miles of space.

In less than seven years, that cup will be journeying to the center of the solar system to scoop up bits of the sun.

Read the whole story at The Los Angeles Times

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