NASA to Probe the Sun

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NASA scientists plan to send Solar Probe + (Plus) to the Sun in 2015 to address two questions!

“We are going to visit a living, breathing star for the first time,” says program scientist Lika Guhathakurta of NASA Headquarters. “This is an unexplored region of the solar system and the possibilities for discovery are off the charts.”

Q 1: Why is the corona of the sun hotter than the surface?

Q2: Why does the sun have winds among planets and not on the surface of the sun?

The probe will use solar power.

I wonder which students now in K20 school will help to plan, build the craft, and conduct this exciting probe? Will Tablet and mobile PC students have an advantage qualifying for one of these positions?

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.