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[BBC] - Europe to lead daring Sun mission

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Europe is to lead the most ambitious space mission ever undertaken to study the behaviour of the Sun.

Known as Solar Orbiter, the probe will have to operate a mere 42 million km from our star - closer than any spacecraft to date.

The mission proposal was formally adopted by European Space Agency (Esa) member states on Tuesday.

Solar Orbiter is expected to launch in 2017 and will cost close to a billion euros.

Nasa (the US space agency) will participate, providing two instruments for the probe and the rocket to send it on its way.

The Esa delegates, who were meeting in Paris, also selected a mission to investigate two of the great mysteries of modern cosmology - dark matter and dark energy.
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15146082
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post #2 of 55
=] I wonder what kind of technology is being invented for this!
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Cool stuff. That's a lot of euros, hopefully we learn some valuable things from it.
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I thought there was going to be a suicide mission to be the first to land on the Sun.
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post #5 of 55
its not really that daring if no one can die..
post #6 of 55
I'm glad they mentioned who nasa was, I never would have known otherwise.
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I thought there was going to be a suicide mission to be the first to land on the Sun.
there's nothing to land on...
it's a giant ball of gas
if u could u can fly right through the sun... goes with any star
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I thought there was going to be a suicide mission to be the first to land on the Sun.
Pretty sure anyone/thing would disintegrate before it got anywhere near it.
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Solar Orbiter is expected to launch in 2017 and will cost close to a billion euros.
We all know that a billion EUR is really code for "we are hoping it'll cost a billion but it'll likely be delayed by 10 years and cost 10 billion".

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The pair had to argue their case in direct competition with other compelling mission ideas, including at the final stage of selection a proposal for a planet-hunting telescope called Plato.
They should've called it "Pluto". That would be ironic.
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there's nothing to land on...
it's a giant ball of gas
if u could u can fly right through the sun... goes with any star
Thought the center was really dense elements...solids?
 
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