Parker Solar Probe launches on historic journey to touch the sun

Hours before the rise of the very star it will study, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched from Florida Sunday to begin its journey to the Sun, where it will undertake a landmark mission. The spacecraft will transmit its first science observations in December, beginning a revolution in our understanding of the star that makes life on Earth possible.
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NASA launches probe to go deep into Sun's scorching atmosphere

NASA launches probe to go deep into Sun's scorching atmosphereThe craft will endure extreme heat while zooming through the solar corona to study the Sun’s outer atmosphere that gives rise to the solar winds. It is set to fly into the Sun’s corona within 3.8 million miles (6.1 million km) of the solar surface, seven times closer than any other spacecraft. The corona gives rise to the solar wind, a continuous flow of charged particles that permeates the solar system and can cause havoc with communications technology on Earth.


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Parker Solar Probe: Spacecraft that will ‘touch the sun’ is successfully launched

Parker Solar Probe: Spacecraft that will ‘touch the sun’ is successfully launchedNasa’s much-anticipated Parker Solar Probe – a spacecraft which it is said will “touch” the sun – has been launched from Cape Canaveral. Within two minutes of take-off, Nasa’s ground control were able to confirm its trajectory and flight “looked good”. Over the next seven years, Parker will fly directly through the sun’s roasting hot outer atmosphere in a bid to unlock some of the solar system’s greatest secrets.


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