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Europe's 'daring' mission to send craft to study the Sun

27 April 2012 Last updated at 03:05 BST

The European Space Agency is to launch a daring space mission to study the Sun, in order to get a new insight into how the star works.

The Solar Orbiter will lift off later this decade and move to a position 42 million km away from the Sun, closer than any craft has ever been sent before.

Jonathan Amos reports.