A University of Iowa research team is developing a possible NASA mission to explore how the sun affects space, the Corridor Business Journal reported. Led by UI physicist Craig Kletzing, the team has won $1.25 million from NASA to conceptualize a potential mission studying the mysterious interactions between the magnetic fields of the sun and Earth. Kletzing's team will vie with four others for $165 million in funding to explore how the sun affects space and the space environment around planets under NASA's Explorers Program. At least one of the proposals is expected to be chosen in 2019. The current award is for Kletzing's team to develop a complete proposal for the Explorers Program mission. If Kletzing's team is selected for the $165 million grant, it would be the largest single grant ever awarded to UI researchers.