The universe is full of astounding astral phenomena, and humanity's itch to explore them is strong. Humans will never settle for merely skirting the surface of the unknown - especially when the unknown probably sustains the entirety of planet Earth. NASA's planned 2018 mission to the Sun is a daring journey into the atmosphere of the hottest, most ferocious burning ball of gas in the entire solar system.
Humanity's first mission to "touch the Sun" will be carried out aboard the Parker Solar Probe, a sun spacecraft about the size of a small car that has been made to absorb the Sun's heat for energy while sustaining blazing hot temperatures of 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit.
In the process, the Parker Solar Probe will be harvesting and sending valuable information about the Sun's solar wind and corona temperatures back to Earth's home base, potentially saving the planet from massive amounts of damage as the result of an unforeseen solar event. For the first time in history, NASA will be studying the sun up close enough to analyze its outer atmosphere and snap shots of what the depths of its corona - giving a bit more insight on what the universe holds.