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NASA selects investigations for Solar Probe Plus mission

Professor David Burgess of the Astronomy Unit is one of only two UK-based scientists on the Fields Experiment, which is one of the selected proposals.

NASA has begun development of a mission to visit and study the sun closer than ever before. The unprecedented project, named Solar Probe Plus, is due to launch no later than 2018.

Professor David Burgess of the Astronomy Unit is one of only two UK-based scientists named as collaborators on the Fields Experiment (Principal Investigator: Stuart Bale, Berkeley, California) recently selected by NASA as an instrument on Solar Probe Plus.

Full details can be found on NASA press release at

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/sunearthsystem/main/solarprobeplus.html

There is an article on the BBC news site at

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11181567