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NASA launches Parker Solar Probe in mission to 'touch' the Sun


After a few delays, the Sun-chasing Parker Solar Probe is on its way. NASA launched the spacecraft aboard a ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket at 3:31AM Eastern this morning (August 12th) and confirmed that the vessel was healthy at 5:33AM. The probe still has a ways to go before it's conducting scientific studies. It'll spend its first week in space deploying its high-gain antenna, the first part of its electric field antennas and its magnetometer. In early September, the probe will start a roughly four-week instrument shakedown to be sure it's ready for science gathering.

NASA's Parker Solar Probe set for close Venus flyby

FOX News

NASA's Parker Solar Probe is set for a close flyby of Venus that will see the spacecraft come within 516 miles of the planet's surface. The spacecraft, which is almost two years into an epic mission to study the sun, will make its flyby of Venus at 11.22 p.m. EDT on Friday, reported. This is when Parker Solar Probe will perform its third Venus gravity assist, which will allow the spacecraft to shed some of its orbital energy and get much closer to the Sun on the following orbit," explains NASA, on its website. "Flying at an altitude of approximately 516 miles above Venus' surface -- much lower than the previous two flybys but still well above Venus' atmosphere -- Parker Solar Probe will also witness a brief 11-minute solar eclipse during the maneuver." "All four instrument suites will be on and collecting data about the near-Venus environment and the planet's night side during the flyby," NASA adds.

NASA mission into sun's atmosphere named after astrophysicist

New Scientist

NASA's mission to send a spacecraft into the sun's outer atmosphere has been renamed after the astrophysicist who first predicted the existence of the supersonic solar wind. Originally named Solar Probe Plus, the mission has been rechristened the Parker Solar Probe to honour Eugene Parker, a professor emeritus at the University of Chicago. This is the first time that NASA has named a spacecraft after a living astrophysicist. Parker, who will turn 90 on 10 June, first put forward his solar wind theory in 1958. The probe will carry a digital copy of Parker's groundbreaking paper as well as photos of the astrophysicist.

All systems go: NASA's Parker Solar Probe begins its second orbit of the sun

Daily Mail - Science & tech

NASA's Parker Solar Probe has begun its second orbit of the sun. The craft blasted off in August on a historic mission to get closer to our star than any spacecraft ever has, and completed its first orbit back in November. The flyby at 213,000 miles per hour took it within 15 million miles of the sun's surface and inside the corona – and now, it's set to do it again. The space agency says the Parker probe is now on track for its second close approach, which it will reach on April 4. NASA's Parker Solar Probe has begun its second orbit of the sun. The craft blasted off in August on a historic mission to get closer to our star than any spacecraft ever has.

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NASA pushed back the launch of its solar probe, and we're reminiscing over the good old days of MoviePass. The Parker Solar Probe will help us better understand solar winds and space weather.NASA will try to launch its solar probe again on Sunday The Parker Solar Probe will go closer to the massive ball of gas and plasma keeping our solar system together than any other spacecraft has gone before. It will brave extreme temperatures reaching up to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit to collect data and images of the sun's atmosphere called "corona." The spacecraft will also reach speeds up to 430,000 mph, making it the fastest-ever human-made object. NASA was scheduled to launch it on a Delta IV rocket Saturday morning but the attempt was scrubbed.