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Scientists Set Bold Plan For Future Exploration of the Sun 140

coondoggie writes "Our understanding of space weather and the impact of space around Earth has greatly increased in the last 10 years and if the ambitious plan the National Research Council can be implemented, the next 10 years will generate tons more scientific insight. The National Research Council issued its second research recommendation report, 'Solar and Space Physics: A Science for a Technological Society,' which represents 18 months of research by more than 85 solar and space physicists and space system engineers and lays out major scientific goals for solar exploration on the next 10 years."
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Scientists Set Bold Plan For Future Exploration of the Sun

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  • by mmcxii ( 1707574 ) on Thursday August 16, 2012 @08:20PM (#41018729)
    Manned exploration of the sun. Now that would be bold.
  • I vote (Score:5, Funny)

    by kamapuaa ( 555446 ) on Thursday August 16, 2012 @08:21PM (#41018735) Homepage

    The first person to make the "go at night" joke should be permabanned.

  • You ain't seen bold until someone funds my manned mission to the Sun.

    As a cost saving measure, we'll go at night. As well as reduced insulation expenses, it's downhill all the way.

  • As expected (Score:5, Funny)

    by LordLucless ( 582312 ) on Thursday August 16, 2012 @08:22PM (#41018757)

    4 posts: 2 "at nights", 2 "manned expeditions".

    Carry on, Slashdot.

    • And now one post that actually made me chuckle :)

    • Winter, night-time, zinc-oxide, etcetera, etcetera, - I've heard it all before. The most sensible strategy is to simply wait until it sets into the sea.
    • 4 posts: 2 "at nights", 2 "manned expeditions".

      Carry on, Slashdot.

      As you were! [youtube.com]

    • And yet, no "mining the sun for hydrogen" jokes. I mean, until now anyway.
    • by mcgrew ( 92797 ) *

      Halfway down these 155 comments and all I've seen is lame jokes, every one of which should have been modded -1, not stale, obvious, not funny, OVERRATED.

      Please, slashdot, change it back so trying for a +1 funny is dangerous to your karma again. Since changing funny from karma-neutral to gaining karma, it seems that way too many threads are like this one.

      See you guys in the next thread, I'm done with this one.

      • After reading your comment and reflecting a bit, I can't help but to agree to some extent. However, I am a fiend for humor and see it as a nutrient. I also got more than a few good chuckles from the comments here. The article did seem to lend itself to such jokes, but I'm sure you make a valid point anyway. I will keep it in mind. But flamebait? Nah.
        • by mcgrew ( 92797 ) *

          I'm a fiend for humor as well, but some of the lamest stuff is getting modded funny.

  • India (Score:5, Funny)

    by opusman ( 33143 ) on Thursday August 16, 2012 @08:26PM (#41018799) Homepage

    In other news, India has just announced a manned landing on the Sun by 2019.

  • I look forward to the day when American scientific research can generate tonnes more scientific research.

    And how many tons are there per Library of Congress?

    • Oh dude, you should totally check out this thing known as a "figure of speech".

      Its a real hoot, you don't actually *have* to take it literally. Novel idea huh?

  • staff proposal: (Score:4, Interesting)

    by wierd_w ( 1375923 ) on Thursday August 16, 2012 @09:16PM (#41019177)

    I propose that we send select delegates from both the house and senate on this noteworthy mission, so that they can see for themselves how silly it was to scrub the "return stage" construction budget.

    We of course, need to supply them with 2 way radio contact so thay can debate the matter via telepresence with their peers in washington.

  • by jensend ( 71114 ) on Thursday August 16, 2012 @10:17PM (#41019539)

    "Since the beginning of time man has yearned to destroy the sun."

    (Excellent. [snpp.com])

  • by SternisheFan ( 2529412 ) on Thursday August 16, 2012 @10:33PM (#41019611)
    Hey all scientists who have ambitious 'plans' to "experiment" with the Sun... Please DON'T!!! DON'T FUCK WITH THE SUN!!! Just look at it, okay? Do not "play" with it! It's working, it's been working fine fir BILLIONS OF YEARS!!! When something as important as THE SUN is working, leave it alone! Don't fix it!!!
    • Please tell me you're not serious.....
    • by Anonymous Coward

      You must be joking. The Sun has about 1.988E30 kg, while the Earth has only 5.97E24. That means the Sun has about 300,000 times Earth's mass. A small human-made machine can't even scratch the Earth, if we threw it against a giant ball of fire that burns anything that even thinks of coming close it wouldn't stand a chance. You can't simply accidentally break the Sun (and, currently, not even intentionally). You're better off worrying about the Earth, that's something we can't completely break but we can make

      • Haven't you seen the Star Trek Generations movie? It's totally possible.
        • If you like something a bit more scientific. Try Sunshine the movie:

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_(2007_film) [wikipedia.org]

          I'd say bit more scientific than Star Trek because the premise sounds a bit preposterous. A mission is sent to reignite a sun that's started to grow cold. The tool of choice is a "star bomb" to start a solar chain reaction. As the GP pointed out, we're smaller than ants compared to sun, and we can't accidentally "break" the sun, what more fix it, when it breaks.

      • Aha! Never misunderestimate Science. My first thought upon hearing about this for example, was "I hope they included an antimatter mass production facility in close orbit around the sun there, we shouldn't need to wall off too much of it to be zipping around the solar system in jig time".

    • by drkim ( 1559875 )

      Don't fix it!!!

      Are you kidding! We have great scientists these days.
      They can double the sun's output in no time.
      Then we'll have all the solar power we'll ever need.

      • Don't fix it!!!

        Are you kidding! We have great scientists these days. They can double the sun's output in no time. Then we'll have all the solar power we'll ever need.

        Professor Leo Farnsworth: "What could possibly fo wrong?"

  • NASA will send a pair of rovers, the "Damn, that's hot" and the "Ouch, it burns" to explore the photosphere. Expected mission lengths after arrival are expected to be measured in the femtoseconds.

  • No? Just wondering. Thanks.

  • They have four main goals:

    *Determine the origins of the Sun's activity and predict the variations in the space environment.
    * Determine the dynamics and coupling of Earth's magnetosphere, ionosphere, and atmosphere and their response to solar and terrestrial inputs.
    * Determine the interaction of the Sun with the solar system and the interstellar medium.
    * Discover and characterize fundamental processes that occur both within the heliosphere and throughout the universe.
  • I R on Sun [dailymotion.com], first manned mission to the Sun.

  • Reads like the sort of bland non-specific but ambitious-sounding balls that research councils push all the time. Great sound bites for the politicians, but what does it really mean?
  • Today Joe Biden will announce our plans to land the first man on the Sun.
  • Now THAT would be bold. Laser cooled, laser propulsion manned solar exploration vehicle. Until they can match David Brin's dream, nothing about solar exploration will feel "bold" to me. Sigh. I'm spoiled.

  • There are many great space exploration ideas out there and way to little funds.

Never buy from a rich salesman. -- Goldenstern