NASA launches probe to go deep into Sun's scorching atmosphere

NASA successfully launches spacecraft that will explore the sun

A NASA spacecraft zoomed toward the sun Sunday on an unprecedented quest to get closer to our star than anything ever sent before.

A triple-core Delta IV Heavy rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral just after 3:30 a.m. Sunday, momentarily turning night into day in a spectacle visible for miles along the Florida coast.

The probe, about the size of a vehicle, will fly through the Sun's atmosphere and will come as close as 3.8 million miles to the star's surface, well within the orbit of Mercury and more than seven times closer than any spacecraft has come before (Earth's average distance to the Sun is 93 million miles), according to NASA.

The Solar Probe Cup, dubbed "the bravest little instrument", is a sensor that will extend beyond the heat shield to "scoop up samples" of the Sun's atmosphere, according to Professor Justin Kasper of the University of MI. That will set up the first solar encounter in November.

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.

Nicky Fox, project scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, said: 'The sun is full of mysteries. "Each time we fly by, we get closer and closer to the Sun".

AC Milan trying to reach Tiémoué Bakayoko agreement
The signing of Matteo Kovacic on loan from Real Madrid and Jorginho from Napoli further casted Bakayoko's future in doubt. Now though Sky is reporting that talks are well advanced for Bakayoko, with a loan with option to buy being discussed.

Everton complete signing of Yerry Mina from Barcelona
Bernard, also 25, has signed a four-year deal with the Merseyside club after his contract at Shakhtar ran out in June. The free signing of Brazilian midfielder Bernard was confirmed after a work permit was granted.

Here Are The Terms Of Tom Brady’s Reworked Contract
Guice carried the ball six times for 19 yards on 10 snaps and limped off the field on his final touch. Washington has a lot of imperfect running backs, and only Guice was a potential three-down player.

With a communication lag time of 16 minutes each way, the spacecraft must fend for itself at the sun.

It will be the fastest human-made object with speeds up to 430,000 miles per hour, able to survive million degree temperatures, orbiting the sun just 4 million miles from its surface, after a 90 million-mile trip, to get the first measurements of the sun's energy. The Parker Solar Probe is NASA's first ever named after a living person. "Parker Solar Probe will enable groundbreaking research, making space a safer to be". "It took a while for the Delta IV Heavy to clear the pad", Fox said, "but I was prepared for that, so I didn't panic". The cup will glow red when the probe makes its closest approach to the sun, sampling the solar wind and effectively touching the sun. "We've looked at it, we've studied it from missions that are close in - even as close as the planet Mercury - but we have to go there".

"Eugene Parker had the vision to recognise the possibilities discussed in my thesis, and the magnanimity to write a glowing review of a thesis for an unknown student from a far away country - a PhD thesis that contradicted one of his own theories", he said.

"So we're already in a region of very, very interesting coronal area", Fox said.

More than 1 million names are aboard the spacecraft, submitted last spring by space enthusiasts, as well as photos of Parker, the man, and a copy of his 1958 landmark paper on solar wind. As you might guess, NASA is relying on automation to make this work.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kremlin says new U.S. sanctions on Russian Federation illegitimate
Aug 11, 2018 - 22:02
Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by the Novichok military-grade nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury in March. The State Department confirmed that the call took place and that the two diplomats discussed the sanctions .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Dali Mpofu to represent MDC Alliance as they challenge Zim election result
Aug 11, 2018 - 21:55
We had planned to have our inauguration on Sunday but we now have to wait for court processes if the alliance files its appeal. After the Tendai Biti saga, America has re-instated the ZIDERA sanctions against the people of Zimbabwe for the next 5 years.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top This weekend, watch for the Perseid Meteor Shower
Aug 11, 2018 - 21:52
The Perseid meteor shower is happening over the weekend, and at its peak viewers should be able to see 60-70 meteors per hour. Every meteor we see is actually a tiny piece of the comet burning up as it strikes the Earth's atmosphere.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Man suspected of starting Holy Fire makes bizarre court appearance
Aug 11, 2018 - 19:07
A Southern California wildfire that has been raging for several days south of Los Angeles is now 29 percent contained. Most are on the front lines, using chain saws and hand tools to reduce tinder-dry brush and trees to stop the flames.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ryanair cancelled flights list: Travel advice as pilots stage walkout
Aug 11, 2018 - 18:41
In July, around 300 flights were cancelled in similar strikes in Portugal, Spain and Belgium . But Ryanair pilots say they earn less than counterparts at other airlines like Lufthansa.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Whitmer wins Democratic nomination for MI governor
Aug 11, 2018 - 18:33
Clair Shores, who voted for Whitmer. "I will not be governor managing Michigan's decline into a smaller, less significant state. Whitmer also went after Bill Schuette and the eight years MI has spent with a Republican governor in office.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Turkish lira slumps to new record low as Donald Trump doubles tariffs
Aug 11, 2018 - 17:57
He returned to his familiar refrain of urging Turks to use their reserves of dollars, euros and gold to buy up lire . High level meetings in Washington between USA and Turkish officials ended this week without an apparent resolution.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'Suicidal Male' Steals Plane And Crashes After 'Unauthorized Takeoff' From Sea-Tac
Aug 11, 2018 - 14:12
The sheriff says that the man is a Pierce County resident, and that it is believed that he is the only casualty from the crash . Two F-15s fighter jets pursued the plane but were not involved in the crash , local TV station KIRO7 reported.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump doubles tariffs on Turkish metals
Aug 11, 2018 - 13:54
This is double the level the president imposed on a range of countries earlier this year, including European Union member states. Turkey's currency fell Friday after its economy was rattled by the United States' move to slap the country with more tariffs .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Fortnite for Android goes "off market"
Aug 11, 2018 - 13:26
Most developers just deal with that because having your title in the Play Store makes it easier to reach a large audience. If you're running Android 9 Pie on a compatible phone, you can download Digital Wellbeing now from the Google Play Store .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Doom Eternal Is Coming To PC, PS4, Xbox One, And Nintendo Switch
Aug 11, 2018 - 13:13
DOOM Eternal doesn't have a release date just yet, but it is set to arrive on Xbox One , PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch , and PC. We were first introduced to the game back at E3 2018, but what was announced then amounted to nothing more than a teaser.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Unai Emery: 'Pep Guardiola is a better manager than me'
Aug 11, 2018 - 11:46
Vida has been frequently linked with a move to the Premier League during the summer with Liverpool also interested. But these five players are in this possibility to be the captain'.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Saquon Barkley's thrilling 39-yard rush in first National Football League carry
Aug 11, 2018 - 11:45
As for the Giants, the anticipation about No. 2 pick Saquon Barkley is already at a fever-pitch. Mayfield finished the night 11-of-20 passing for 212 yards and two touchdowns.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 27 dead in Kerala rains, 2 more Idukki shutters opened
Aug 11, 2018 - 11:15
Tourists were barred from entering the hilly Idukki district after roads caved in at many places. As the water level continued to rise in the reservoir, two more shutterd were opened later.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Cam Newton, Kelvin Benjamin exchange words
Aug 11, 2018 - 05:15
Neither will get the opportunity to hash things out since the two teams do not face each other in the upcoming season. He also reiterated that he was "moving on" from his comments about Newton. "Not at all man", he answered.