NASA to take people's names to the sun

The probe is scheduled to launch this summer and will head straight for the sun, getting closer than any spacecraft has ever gotten before. NASA is accepting passengers until April 27 and then will load their names onto a memory card that will go onto the probe.

NASA missions are regularly renamed after dispatch and confirmation.

By using Venus' gravity to steer its trajectory closer to the Sun with each pass, the probe saves vital fuel and battery power while bringing itself as close as 3.83 million miles from the surface of the Sun-a distance far closer than the planet Mercury and seven times closer than any other spacecraft has ever ventured.

That's fast enough to get from Washington, DC, to Tokyo in under a minute, NASA said.

"This incredible spacecraft is going to reveal so much about our star and how it works that we've not been able to understand".

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NASA offered this participation aboard its Orion spacecraft for 1.38 million people in 2014, and for again to more than 2.4 million participating people with its Insight lander set to launch later this year.

In the event that you need your name to movement through the Sun's environment, overcoming fierce warmth and radiation conditions, here comes your possibility. Image via NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Parker Solar Probe is a piece of NASA's Living with a Star Program, or LWS, to investigate parts of the Sun-Earth framework that specifically influence life and society.

To protect the spacecraft from the Sun's heat, scientists will cover it with a 4.5-inch-thick carbon-composite shield, which is expected to survive temperatures outside the spacecraft that can reach almost 2,500 degree Fahrenheit or over 1,371 degree Celsius.

NASA is giving people the chance to send their names to the sun aboard its Parker Solar Probe, which will plunge into our star's atmosphere on a quest for science.

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The probe will be used to study the Sun's magnetic fields and to capture video footage of solar winds.

"This probe will journey to a region humanity has never explored before", NASA's Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, said in a statement.

The historic Parker Solar Probe mission will travel through the sun's brutally hot atmosphere to seek out answers to questions scientists have been grappling with for over six decades.

This summer, it plans to send a spacecraft to the scorching ball of fire, and onboard could be your name.

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