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This image made available on Feb. 15, 2017 by NASA shows an artist's concept of the launch of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion capsule. On Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, NASA said it is weighing the risk of adding astronauts to the first flight of its new megarocket. (NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center via AP)

NASA is announcing details of its 'touch the sun' mission


WATCH | NASA's press conference about its mission to fly to the sun

What does one pack for a trip to the sun? 

NASA will reveal details of its new mission to send a spacecraft into the sun's outer atmosphere press conference today,  reports The Guardian.

The probe will be built to withstand temperatures as high as 2552 degrees and will be launched next summer.  The mission will cost somewhere around $1.5 billion, but will be well worth it according to scientists involved by dramatically changing how we understand the star at the center of our solar system 

Closest-Ever Probe of Sun is New NASA Mission

WATCH | NASA's newest mission is to send a probe to the sun

The probe will sit in the sun's outer atmosphere and monitor a great deal of solar data including the magnetic and electric properties of the sun's plasma and data concerning the composition of solar wind that flows off the sun into space. It's that dynamic phenomenon that has inspired scientists to undertake this new project.

“When we first started [looking at the sun from space] that we realized the sun is not a boring yellow sphere, it is an incredibly dynamic, active plasma object,” said Tim Horbury, a professor of physics at Imperial College London.

Come back and watch the 11 a.m. ET NASA press conference live. 

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