NASA successfully launched a spacecraft that will study the Sun’s atmosphere

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NASA successfully launched a spacecraft that will study the Sun’s atmosphere‘The VergeNASA’s Parker Solar Probe launches on historic mission to ‘touch the sun’‘NBCNews.comNASA Delays Parker Solar Probe Launch‘New York TimesParker Solar Probe: The Mission‘Parker Solar Probe – Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics LaboratoryThe fastest object made by humans will just be trying to slow down‘Quartz

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  • Publisher: The Verge
  • Date: 2018-08-10T15:32:08-04:00
  • Author: Loren Grush
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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launches on historic mission to ‘touch the sun’

A space probe that aims to be the first to ‘touch the sun‘ launched early Sunday morning, marking the next step in an effort that scientists say has been 60 years in the making.

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe blasted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 3:31 a.m. EDT. A last-minute technical glitch led NASA to delay the launch, which was initially planned for early on Saturday morning.

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NASA Delays Parker Solar Probe Launch

Another launch attempt is planned on Sunday at 3:31 a.m. Eastern, NASA said. Tory Bruno, the chief executive of United Launch Alliance, the company that built the Delta 4 Heavy rocket carrying the spacecraft, summarized the events that tripped up the launch in a tweet:

See you tomorrow. Bird is good. Had to recycle a couple of times. One for a telemetry issue. Another for an automated trip on a regulator. Ran out of time in the window. We want this to be perfect.

Parker Solar Probe: The Mission

In order to unlock the mysteries of the corona, but also to protect a society that is increasingly dependent on technology from the threats of space weather, we will send Parker Solar Probe to touch the sun.

The primary science goals for the mission are to trace the flow of energy and understand the heating of the solar corona and to explore what accelerates the solar wind. Parker Solar Probe provides a statistical survey of the outer corona.

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Parker Solar Probe will use seven Venus flybys over nearly seven years to gradually shrink its orbit around the sun, coming as close as 3.83 million miles (and 6.16 million kilometers) to the sun, well within the orbit of Mercury and about seven times closer than any spacecraft has come before.

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Update'(6:49am ET, Aug. 11): This story has been updated with the new Aug. 12 launch time. The Aug. 11 launch was scrubbed because of a last-minute helium-pressure problem.

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is a 1,500-lb. computer a little smaller than a compact car, but in the years ahead, it will reach speeds of 430,000 miles per hour in order pass through the edge of the sun itself.’Getting there is no easy task, and neither is understanding the journey.

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  • Publisher: Quartz
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