I'm Lisa Grossman, astronomy writer for Science News. NASA's about to launch the Parker Solar Probe, the first ever mission to 'touch' the sun, and I'm all over it. AMA!
I'm an award-winning science journalist with 10 years of experience writing about space and physics. I have a degree in astronomy from Cornell University and a graduate certificate in science communication from UC Santa Cruz (go slugs). On August 6, NASA is launching a spacecraft to go closer to the sun than any engineered object has ever been. The Parker Solar Probe will 'taste' the sun's atmosphere and solve some of the most pressing solar mysteries. I'm writing about it, and I'll take your questions from 1:30-2:30 Eastern time. AMA!
Edit: Thanks for the great questions! I've gotta run, but I'll by 3-ish Eastern to answer more!
Edit: Hi again, I'm back!
Edit: And that's a wrap! Thanks so much for your questions, everybody. Keep an eye out for more news about the Parker Solar Probe in the coming days and weeks.