Nasa launches first ever solar probe to 'touch the sun'

Parker Solar Probe launch

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.

Altogether, the Parker probe will make 24 close approaches to our star during the seven-year, $1.5 billion journey. "I was speechless and I'm not normally speechless". As gorgeous as the launch spectacle was, the real celebration happened just over an hour later.

On board the Delta IV Heavy rocket is the Parker Solar Probe on its first mission to the sun.

If all goes well, the Parker Solar Probe will swing by Venus in about six weeks for a gravitational encounter that will help the spacecraft slow down still more.

Parker, the probe, will start shattering records this fall. We've studied it from missions that are close in, even as close as the planet Mercury. Nasa hopes the findings will enable scientists to forecast changes in Earth's space environment.

The launch was originally set for Saturday morning, but was scrubbed at the last minute due to technical glitches. Which calmed any pre-launch jitters that Fox may have had.

"There was no emotional roller coaster like there was yesterday", Fox said after the launch.

See, it doesn't have to be just the plot device of Airplane 2.

"At this point, spacecraft is up and happy", said a spokesman with United Launch Alliance, the company that operates the rocket.

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"I have learnt a very important lesson of my professional scientific career from him: to be generous to the ideas of others, as long as they are not obviously wrong, and even if they contradict my own personal views", he said. The small matter of touching the sun with a space probe, that's what. After all, the spacecraft is named in his honor.

Mankind's first mission to "touch" the Sun may have panned out differently had it not been for Indian-American astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, whose intervention made it possible for a research paper proposing the existence of solar wind to get published 60 years ago.

NASA project manager Andy Driesman said: "We will fly by Venus seven times throughout the mission".

Sensors will make certain the heat shield faces the sun at the right times and it will correct itself if it ends up at the wrong angle.

Yanping Guo, who designed the mission trajectory, said: "The launch energy to reach the Sun is 55 times that required to get to Mars, and two times that needed to get to Pluto". Zurbuchen assured Parker he would send the famed solar scientist data from the mission as soon as it comes in.

"We are thrilled with the launch and humbled to have been entrusted with this mission", Tory Bruno, ULA's President and CEO told Space.com following the launch.

The delicate instrument comes equipped with an array of instruments and tools which will scan the Sun for solar winds and magnetic fields.

Over the next few weeks, Parker Solar Probe will run through a series of tests to ensure that its four instrument suites are working properly. That will be seven times closer than previous spacecraft.

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