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Solar Probe Plus Observes the Sun

September 7, 2010

Animation of the future Heliophysics mission Solar Probe Plus (SPP). Starts with the probe, solar shield forward, heading directly toward the viewer, retracting its solar panels as it passes by, showing the spacecraft instrumentation behind the shield, and ending with the SPP craft pointing towards the Sun,in anticipation of its plunge into the Sun’s atmosphere. credit: NASA