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ABOUT VIDEO: Humanity's First Mission to Touch the Sun, Administrator Jim Briddentine visits NASA's Kennedy Space Center and historic California forest fires from outer space … a few of the stories that tell you about something tell ̵
The first mission of humanity to touch the sun
Our probe Parker Solar Probe will be the first mission to fly directly through the corona of the sun – the dangerous region with intense heat and solar radiation in the solar atmosphere, visible during a solar eclipse. 19659007] The extreme fly by – as close as 3.8 million miles from the sun's surface – will gather data to revolutionize our understanding of the sun and how it is changing the space environment.
Thomas Zubuchen, NASA Research Associate: 196590000] "The threats posed by this plasma – these particles, which we call space weather, are the Earth's technological society."
Visits Administrator Bridenstine Kennedy Space Center
Administrator Jim Briddentine visited our Kennedy Space Center on August 6-7 – his first official visit to KSC as an administrator for the agency. Bridenstine met with staff and visited various NASA and commercial partner facilities at the multi-user spaceport. He also met with the media after an industry roundtable hosted by the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast and Space Florida.
California's Largest Complex of Wildfires from Space
Images from our Aqua Satellite and International Space The station features smoke from the series of forest fires in Northern California – including the Mendocino complex – the largest conflagration in the history of the United States State has become. This complex consists of two separate fires that have burned more than 290,000 acres in the region north of San Francisco.
Ultrahot Jupiter WASP-121b
These are computer-simulated views of a planet outside our solar system known as WASP-121b, a so-called "ultrahoter Jupiter". These planets reflect almost no light – but become so hot that they create their own glow, like a glow of coal. The daytime temperatures of these planets can exceed 5000 degrees Fahrenheit. Observations of WASP-121b were made with our space telescopes Spitzer and Hubble.
NASA's Planet Hunting TESS captures a comet before science begins
This sequence of images, taken by our planet-hunting Transit Exoplanet Survey Satellite or (TESS), shows the movement of a comet – about 29 Millions of miles away – orbiting the sun. The images, taken within 17 hours before TESS began scientific operations, demonstrate the satellite's ability to collect a series of stable images covering a wide area of the sky – a key factor in the search for transiting planets circle near stars.
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