Updated: Apr 21, 2020
NASA Launched A New Space Probe That Will Venture Closer to the Sun
The Launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft was scrubbed today due to a violation of a launch limit, resulting in a hold. there was not enough time remaining in the window to recycle.
The Launch is planned Today at 3.31 a.m. EDT From Space Launch Complex-37 at cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
It will hitch a ride into space aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, and an upper stage boost from the rocket will send it hurtling out of Earth’s orbit and on a path to Venus, eventually moving at speeds up to 700,000 kmh (430,000 mph) — faster than any probe that came before it.
Over the next seven years, the Parker Solar Probe will fly by Venus seven times, using the planet’s gravity to bring itself closer to the Sun each time. Ultimately, it will find itself within the outermost part of the Sun’s atmosphere, an area known as the corona. This will place the probe just 3.8 million miles from the Sun’s surface — seven times closer to the star than any craft that came before it
The Parker Solar Probe could help us better understand how other stars function. Perhaps these insights will even inform our understanding of how life began on Earth, helping us narrow down our hunt for life beyond it.
Parker Solar Probe Launch Coverage Watch Live Below.
Update August 12, 2018 at 3:34 AM ET
Update August 12, 2018 at 3:38 AM ET
The first and second stages of the rocket (the boosters and the rest of the rocket, respectively) have separated.
Update August 12, 2018 at 4:17 AM ET
NASA confirmed that the second and third stages of the craft have successfully separated, after a few communication issues with the spacecraft.
Update August 12, 2018 at 4:37 AM ET
NASA confirms spacecraft has deployed its solar arrays. NASA’s livestream has now ended. The Parker Solar Probe is successfully launched and finally the parkar solar probe is on its way.