Artist’s impression of NASA’s Solar Probe Plus spacecraft on approach to the sun. Set to launch in 2018, Solar Probe Plus will orbit the sun 24 times, closing in with the help of seven Venus flybys. Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Related channels: IRIS (NASA SATELLITE), SOLAR ORBITER (ESA SPACECRAFT), THE SUN, SPACE WEATHER, EARTH, STARS

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