In a huge step for mankind, NASA is to send its first manned space mission to the sun.
A rocket will send the Solar 1 capsule on a two-month journey to the sun, where it will touch down, allowing the two astronauts to carry out the first sun walk.
To combat the searing temperatures on the surface, their space suits will be made of the same material used by oven gloves.
NASA spokesperson Lorraine Fisher, 34, said: “This is an outstanding mission that no-one would have believed possible only a few years ago.
“The main challenge has been coping with the rather warm temperature of about 15 million degrees Celsius.
“But we have overcome that thanks to oven gloves and ensured neither of the two astronauts is ginger.”
It is thought one of those going on the extraordinary journey will be controversial British astronaut Major Kelvin MacKenzie, who has years of experience with the Sun.
Today’s announcement is likely to start something of a space race, with China and India both looking at rival missions.