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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is About to Lift Off

Post by Dragon on Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:19 pm

At 3:33 a.m. EDT on Aug. 11, while most of the U.S. is asleep, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida will be abuzz with excitement. At that moment, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, the agency’s historic mission to touch the Sun, will have its first opportunity to lift off.

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.

Eight long years of hard work by countless engineers and scientists is finally paying off,” said Adam Szabo, the mission scientist for Parker Solar Probe at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Nestled atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy — one of the world’s most powerful rockets — with a third stage added, Parker Solar Probe 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.


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Post by Dragon on Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:21 pm


Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Ed Whitman

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe inside one half of its 62.7-foot-tall fairing.

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Credits: NASA/JPL/WISPR Team

Parker uses a highly elliptical orbit with Venus gravity assists to get closer to the Sun.

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Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben

An illustration of Parker Solar Probe approaching the Sun.

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The Parker Solar Probe - A Mission to Touch the Sun

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