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John M. Clayton Hall
Kelly Korreck, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, SWEAP Head of Science Operations
On August 12, 2018, after 60 years of planning, NASA launched Parker Solar Probe. This coolest hottest mission will visit the Sun! It is an extreme mission. Parker Solar Probe is the fastest human made object, closest to the sun, and has the hottest operating temperatures. This extreme satellite aims to solve mysteries of our closest star: for example, why does the solar wind blow, why it is so hot and how can we live with solar storms. Dr. Kelly Korreck will describe the weird behavior of the Sun that we are trying to understand with this mission as well as discuss the development of the bravest instrument on board that peaks around the spacecraft's protective sun shade - the Solar Probe Cup.