Sun trap

2019-03-06 08:16:24

By Catherine Zandonella NASA’s going sunbathing. Next week it will fire a spacecraft towards the Sun to soak up particles from the solar wind. And to ensure a soft landing for the precious samples, two specially equipped helicopters will snatch the probe out of the air as it returns to Earth. The solar wind flows continuously from the Sun into space. Its mix of charged particles comes from the outer layers of the Sun and reflects their composition,