InitiativesNasa Launches Mission to ‘Touch the Sun’

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epa06944971 A handout photo made available by NASA shows the Mobile Service Tower is rolled back to reveal the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket with the Parker Solar Probe onboard, at Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, USA, 11 August 2018. Parker Solar Probe is humanity?s first-ever mission into a part of the Sun?s atmosphere called the corona.  It will directly explore solar processes that are key to understanding and forecasting space weather events that can impact life on Earth.  EPA-EFE/NASA/Bill Ingalls HANDOUT MANDATORY CREDIT: (NASA/Bill Ingalls) HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
13 Aug

Nasa Launches Mission to ‘Touch the Sun’

Cape Canaveral (USA) – US space agency Nasa launched on Sunday its mission to send a satellite closer to the Sun than any before.

The Parker Solar Probe rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The probe is set to become the fastest-moving manmade object in history. Its data promises to crack longstanding mysteries about the Sun’s behaviour.

The Delta-IV Heavy rocket – which was carrying the probe – launched at 03:31 local time (07:31 GMT).

It came after a failed attempt the previous day, when a last-minute alarm caused the agency to miss its 65-minute weather window.

Just under an hour after the launch, Nasa confirmed that the spacecraft had successfully separated and the probe had been released into space.

Over the course of seven years, Parker will make 24 loops around our star to study the physics of the corona, the place where much of the important activity that affects the Earth seems to originate.

The probe will dip inside this tenuous atmosphere, sampling conditions, and getting to just 6.16 million km (3.83 million miles) from the Sun’s broiling “surface”.

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