How to Prepare a Spacecraft to Fly Through the Sun's Atmosphere

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The Parker Solar Probe will fly closer to the sun than any spacecraft in history, so it better be able to handle the heat.

By this time next year, NASA's Parker Solar Probe will have launched and made its its first pass within 4 million miles of the Sun, closer than any spacecraft in history.

Before it's launched, however, the Parker Space Probe needs to undergo some serious environmental tests to make sure it can handle the heat. So for the last two months, NASA engineers have used huge speakers, massive ovens and a laser array in an attempt to break the spacecraft.

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