Launch of Parker Solar Probe

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe approaches the Sun.
Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben

News from Aug 10, 2018

At 9:33 a.m. CEST on August 11, NASA is going to launch its long anticipated Parker Solar Probe from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. To sustain the long journey to explore the Sun’s atmosphere (corona), the probe will sit atop one of the world’s most powerful rockets - Delta IV Heavy with a third stage added. With more than 55 times more energy than is required to reach Mars, the Parker Solar Probe not only gets closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft before, but will also be the fastest spacecraft in history. This is the first NASA mission named after a living person: Dr. Eugene Parker, a famous solar physicist who first predicted the existence of solar wind. While protected by modern heat shields containing carbon fiber, the Parker Solar Probe is set out to complete 24 orbits around the Sun in its nominal lifetime of seven years.