NASA has plans in the pipeline to send a probe to the surface of the sun in order to protect Earth from a potentially catastrophic solar event.
The Solar Plus Probe – which will hit speeds approaching half a million miles-per-hour – is to be launched towards the sun next year as Nasa hopes to understand “the threats of space weather”.
The plan mimics the plotline from Danny Boyle sci-fi thriller Sunshine in which a manned probe is sent to the sun to save the earth.
The space agency is also hoping to understand more about the sun’s corona – the massive hole at the centre.
The scientists believe that the hole is much cooler than the outer regions of the sun, but do not know why.