09/03/2010 02:04 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Solar Probe Plus Mission Announced: NASA Plans Trip To The Sun

It's a little too hot to send people, but NASA plans to send a spacecraft to the sun by 2018.

As part of their Solar Probe Plus mission, the spacecraft will orbit in the sun's outer atmosphere, constantly sampling the environment and testing for radiation.The main goals are to discover why the sun's atmosphere is hotter than its surface, and what causes "solar winds" that affect the rest of the solar system.

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