Parker Solar Probe

Solar System

NASA's Parker Solar Probe to Touch the Sun

NASA's Parker Solar Probe, set to launch in 2018, will be humanity's first effort to "touch the Sun," revolutionizing our understanding of the Sun's corona, the solar wind, and the greater heliosphere.

The Sun during May 1967 solar flare

Astronomy and Society

1967 Solar Flare Nearly Took U.S. and Soviets to Brink of War

An historical study from former U.S. military officials found that a solar flare was nearly responsible for military conflict with the Soviet Union in May 1967.

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