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NASA spacecraft will aim straight for sun next year

美國航太總署太空船明年將瞄準太陽

· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English

A NASA spacecraft will aim straight for the sun next year and bear the name of the astrophysicist who predicted the existence of the solar wind nearly 60 years ago. It’s the first NASA spacecraft to be named after a researcher who is still alive.

美國航空暨太空總署的1艘太空船明年將飛向太陽,該船以近60年前預測太陽風存在的天體物理科學家命名。這是航太總署第一次以仍在世的研究人員命名太空船。

The space agency announced the red-hot mission Wednesday at the University of Chicago. Scheduled to launch in summer 2018, the Parker Solar Probe will fly within 4 million miles of the sun’s surface _ right into the solar atmosphere.

該署週三在芝加哥大學宣布此一最新任務。太空船「帕克太陽探測」預定2018年夏天發射,將在距離太陽表面不到400萬英里處飛行——即直接飛進太陽的大氣層。

It will be subjected to brutal heat and radiation like no other man-made structure before.

該太空船將受到過去任何人造結構體所不曾承受的酷熱與輻射(的摧殘)。

The purpose is to study the sun’s outer atmosphere and better understand how stars like ours work.

此一任務的目標是研究太陽的外層大氣層以及更充分了解像太陽這樣的恆星的運作方式。

The announcement came during a ceremony honoring astrophysicist Eugene Parker, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago.

此一太空探勘任務是在表揚芝加哥大學榮譽教授、天體物理學家尤金.帕克的典禮上宣布。

Source article: http://iservice.ltn.com.tw/Service/english/english.php?engno=1116804&day=2017-07-07

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