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NASA's newly named Parker Solar Probe to "touch the sun"NASA renames its Solar Probe Plus spacecraft to honor researcher Eugene Parker, who discovered "solar wind." The Parker Solar Probe will set off an unprecedented mission to touch the sun next year.
[MUSIC] NASA has never named a spacecraft after a researcher during their lifetime. Well ladies and gentlemen, we're about to make history. [BLANK_AUDIO] It is my great honor A few days before your 90th birthday Gene, to announce that we're renaming the solar probe plus spacecraft to be known from now on as the Parker Solar Probe, congratulations. [APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE] Thank you. Thank you for your kind words. [APPLAUSE] Thanks so much. [APPLAUSE] Well, I'm certainly greatly honored To be associated with such a heroic scientific space mission. By heroic I'm referring of course to te temperature, the thermal radiation from the sun and the extreme measure developed and survived that radiation and collect scientific should be fully appreciated. As a theoretician, I greatly admire the scientist and engineers whose patient efforts together converted the solar probe concept into a functioning reality ready to do battle with the solar elements as it divulges the secrets of the expanding corona So hurray for Solar Probe. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] It's my great honor, on behalf of the whole Solar Probe team To present you with the very first scale model of Parker Solar Probe. [APPLAUSE] [BLANK_AUDIO]