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Nasa Parker Solar Probe launch live pictures as mission to sun has lift off

August 12, 2018 7:39 AM
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Nasa Parker Solar Probe launch live pictures as mission to sun has lift off

A HISTORIC NASA mission to the sun has blasted off into space.

The Parker Solar Probe - NASA's first mission to the sun - will expolore the sun's atmosphere and its outermost atmosphere, the corona.

A Delta-IV heavy rocket carrying the probe took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at around 07.31 GMT on Sunday morning.

It will be the fastest manmade moving object in history and NASA hope it will come within 3.83 million miles of the sun's surface, making 24 loops of the star over seven years.

It follows an aborted mission 24 hours earlier from NASA's US headquarters.

During its historic journey, the probe will jet past Venus at speeds of 430,000 mph, the equivalent of flying from New York to Tokyo in one minute.

The probe, which is only the size of a car, will come into contact with Venus' gravity after six weeks, which will help slow it down.

The spacecraft is named after 91-year old solar physicist Eugene Parker, 91, who was the first scientist to describe solar wind in 1958.

Source: express.co.uk

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