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Sep 17, 2010 2:04 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

NASA awards CU-Boulder $6.7 million for mission

NASA has awarded $6.7 million to a University of Colorado team to help with a mission to the sun.

The CU-Boulder team will design components of instruments that will be onboard the spacecraft. A small, car-sized satellite called Solar Probe Plus will go to a region of the sun that has never been visited by a spacecraft.

Daniel Baker of CU's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics says no mission has flown as close to the sun as the probe will. The satellite will travel at 400,000 mph at its closest point to the sun.

The mission is scheduled to launch in 2018.

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