KENNEDY SPACE CENTER: Launched yesterday morning, the Parker Solar Probe begins a 7 year mission to study the Sun. The first milestone is eight weeks away when the probe uses its instruments to study Venus.
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launches on its journey to touch the Sun aboard a Delta IV Heavy rocket at 3:31am EDT August 12, 2018. This photo is a single, 7.5 minute exposure of the first stage of rocket flight. Photo credit: Jared Haworth / We Report Space
Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate outlined three main goals for Parker Solar Probe. But he pointed at that the team will be working diligently to test all the instruments before the first fly-by of Venus. “In eight weeks, we will get all of the systems ready and orient the sensors. We will measure the emissions from Venus and its interaction with the solar wind. Venus gives us a chance to calibrate our instruments. The information we get from Venus will be the first highlight of the mission.”
This is the Delta IV Heavy with the Parker Solar Probe payload seen Friday night after the MST rollback, complete with a splash of pink in the ...