And in a great year for space exploration, that's saying something.
It follows its predecessor toward where no other (active) spacecraft has gone before.
And you thought this summer was hot
The Parker Solar Probe is our first mission to "touch" the Sun
Two stars enter, one star leaves
Our planet's personal space heater is incredibly efficient.
It turns out proximity is pretty inconsequential.
As black as day.
So hot right now.
Everything you need to know about NASA's plans to touch the sun.
Excerpt: Mask of the Sun
Scientists aren't just jerking you around—this is about something more than your childhood nostalgia
A look behind the scenes of NASA's advanced solar probe
Get ready for OSIRIS-REx
And may be generating heat in the planet's atmosphere
Giant planet orbits three stars at once
A new kind of space weather
Science takes off.
Don't call it 'Arrakis'
A Gallery Of Photos Curated By The Person Who Made Most Of Them
Turning the heat up on this frigid space rock
Don't pack your bags yet