NASA jets are chasing the solar eclipse | Engadget Today04:33

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Published on October 12, 2017

The best seat in the jet.

While you’re stuck on Earth during today’s solar eclipse, NASA jets will be performing a tricky science experiment on the Sun and its closest companion, Mercury. A pair of them will take off this morning from Houston’s Johnson Space Center and follow the path of of the eclipse, allowing them to see “totality” for three and half minutes, nearly a minute longer than Earth observers. Equipped with a pair of infrared telescopes each, they’ll examine the sun’s corona and Mercury’s chemical signatures to find out what lies below its surface.

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