What if an object could be equipped with a technology that could withstand the enormous heat of the sun.
It seems impossible, but now after nearly 60 years after NASA first discussed sending a suicide probe into the Sun itself, the space agency is making good on a probe named ‘Solar Probe Plus’ that will travel nearly ten times closer to our star than the planet Mercury.
Solar Probe Plus, a $1.5 billion spacecraft and projected to launch in July 2018, will come closer to the Sun than any man-made spacecraft has ever flown.
At closest approach the spacecraft is only 3.8 million miles from the Sun’s surface. For comparison, the Helios 2 spacecraft currently holds the honor of coming closest to the Sun, having passed about 27 million miles (approximately 44 million kilometers) of the Sun in April 1976.
With NASA's ambitious project it also opens the debate about all the extraterrestrial space craft equipped with advanced technologies flying close the sun, or even flying in and out the sun, spotted by UFO hunters across the globe on images released by NASA.
Are these alien craft just malformed pixels as NASA wants you to believe?
Whilst we might find it hard to believe that an extraterrestrial space craft can come so close to the sun without burning up, NASA, with its man-made Solar Probe Plus, proves that it is possible.
The Solar Probe Plus is protected by a carbon-composite heat shield that must withstand up to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit and survive blasts of radiation and energized dust at levels not experienced by any previous spacecraft and it will go close enough to the Sun to watch the solar wind speed up from subsonic to supersonic, and it will fly though the birthplace of the highest-energy solar particles.
And did you know that NASA found water in the coolest places, or the centers of sunspots?
Yes, however the actual amount of water is probably very small, according to NASA scientist David Hathaway.
And the ‘flames’ we see on the surface of the sun aren’t ‘flames’ but magnetic structures.
The only place where any real burning happens is in the core - the inner 10% or so. It's there that hydrogen "burns" to form helium and produce the light that ultimately escapes at the surface.
Think about it!