NASA Will Send $1.4 billion Spacecraft To Touch The Sun For The First Time To Read It Closely

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Published by Soniya Kaur on 11 Aug 2018

While we are busy in our lives doing our daily chores, talking to each other or sharing some wisdom, working and many other things, Nasa will be launching a spacecraft early in the morning to ‘touch the Sun’ for the first time. Yes, this world is a big place and the scientists are doing their researches to know more about the things that we didn’t even bother to know.

This mission is called Parker Solar Probe which is made of $1.4 billion is aimed to edge with 6.4 million km of the searing hot star (Sun) close enough to study its atmosphere, solar winds, and other properties for which it has been sent.

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Ready for liftoff! The Parker #SolarProbe, our mission to touch the Sun, will have its first opportunity to lift off on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 3:33 a.m. EDT. Launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, Parker Solar Probe will make its journey all the way to the Sun’s atmosphere, or corona — closer to the Sun than any spacecraft in history. Nestled atop a United Launch Alliance (@ulalaunch) Delta IV Heavy — one of the world’s most powerful rockets — with a third stage added, Parker will blast off toward the Sun with a whopping 55 times more energy than is required to reach Mars. About the size of a small car, it weighs a mere 1,400 pounds. Zooming through space in a highly elliptical orbit, the probe will reach speeds up to 430,000 miles per hour — fast enough to get from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., in a second — setting the record for the fastest spacecraft in history. During its nominal mission lifetime of just under 7 years, Parker Solar Probe will complete 24 orbits of the Sun — reaching within 3.8 million miles of the Sun’s surface at closest approach. Seen here is the rocket payload fairing at Launch Complex 37. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls #nasa #parker #parkersolarprobe #solarprobe #sun #mission #rocket #satellite #space #science #picoftheday #pictureoftheday

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The launch will take place from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It was about to take off today which means on Saturday (August 11) but has been postponed and planned for Sunday Launch because of weather permitting. However, Nasa has through August 23 to fire off its probe, which is expected to reach the sun a few months after launch.

The probe will ride on top of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, one of the most powerful operational launch vehicles on Earth. The rocket will then shoot the probe (craft) on a path towards Venus. Using Venus’s gravity it will fly closer to the sun each orbit while picking up speed in the process. You can watch the launch live on beginning at 3 a.m. (0700 GMT), courtesy of NASA.

According to, “During its seven-year, $1.5 billion mission, the Parker Solar Probe will study the sun’s incredibly hot outer atmosphere, called the corona, as well as the charged particles that flow off the star and into the solar system.”

To get there the spacecraft will need a high power kick and this will be provided by a two-stage United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket and a third stage manufactured by Northrop Grumman.

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‘Twas the night before launch… Before calling it a night, set an alarm so that you won’t miss the 3:33 a.m. EDT launch of our first-ever mission to “touch” the Sun. Our Parker #SolarProbe spacecraft, about the size of a small car, will launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 on Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The spacecraft will fly directly into the Sun’s atmosphere where, from a distance of – at the closest approach — approximately 4 million miles from its surface, the spacecraft will trace how energy and heat move through the Sun’s atmosphere and explore what accelerates the solar wind and solar energetic particles. NASA TV launch coverage will begin at 3 a.m. EDT on air and streaming at Image credit: Bill Ingalls #nasa #solarprobe #sun #launch #rocketlaunch #science #kennedyspacecenter #solarsystem #planets #space #planetary #outerspace

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NASA’s officials said the August 11 launch window will remain open for about 65 minutes and if the mission can’t launch in that time window, a similar window will open Sunday (August 12) at 3:29 a.m. EDT (0729 GMT). Daily windows will continue through August. 23. Yesterday (August 9), NASA officials said at a news conference that the weather forecast suggested a 30-percent chance of weather interfering with the launch on August 11, with a slightly more ominous 40-percent chance of weather troubles on August 12.

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