Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Solar Probe Plus: Here Comes The Sun

A rendering of Solar Probe Plus
Credit NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Nathan Sterner talks with Hopkins scientist Nicky Fox about a new solar probe.

Life on Earth depends on the Sun, that giant furnace nearly 93 million miles away that anchors our planet's orbit. Its light makes it possible for plants to grow, and for animals to eat them.  But, for playing such an outsized role in our lives, there’re still quite a few things we don’t know about the sun.

In 2018, a space mission, led by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, will send a spacecraft to try to answer some of our questions. With Nathan Sterner to talk about it is the Project Scientist on the mission, Nicky Fox.

You can learn more about the mission at their website here.