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Parker Solar Probe ~ Humanity’s First Mission to a Star

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Rice University

Herring Hall, Room 100

Houston, TX 77005

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NASA's historic Parker Solar Probe was launched on August 12, 2018. Its mission will revolutionize our understanding of the Sun, where changing conditions can propagate out into the solar system, affecting Earth and other worlds. Parker Solar Probe will travel through the Sun’s atmosphere, closer to the surface than any spacecraft before it, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions — and ultimately providing humanity with the closest-ever observations of a star.

Dr. Nicola Fox leads the agency’s efforts to study the Sun and its effects on Earth and the solar system. Heliophysics is vital to understanding Earth’s most important and life-sustaining star, as well as the study of key space phenomena and processes that support situational awareness in order to better protect astronauts, satellites, and robotic missions exploring the solar system and beyond.

Speaker: Dr. Nicola Fox / Director, NASA's Heliophysics Division

Hosted by Rice University: Rice Space Institute; Wiess School of Natural Science.

Thurs, February 21
Reception: 6:15pm (in Herring Hall)
Lecture: 7:00pm
100 Herring Hall

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All on-campus parking is accessed by credit card. Visitor parking is available in paid lots located off of Rice Boulevard. Central Garage and West Lot 2 are closest to the event, and are easily accessed through Entrance 18 (follow signs).

ALL LECTURES ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND FREE OF CHARGE.

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