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NASA is preparing to send a probe closer to the sun than any other spacecraft, zooming through its corona, the outermost atmosphere that gives rise to the solar wind.

The Parker Solar Probe, a robotic spacecraft the size of a small car, is slated to launch on Aug. 6 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with a planned seven-year mission. It will fly into the sun’s corona within 3.8 million miles (6.1 million km) from the solar surface, seven times closer than any other spacecraft.

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