After an unsuccessful attempt on the eve of NASA still launched a solar probe Solar Probe Parker. The spacecraft will be the first creation of man, which will pass at a record close distance from the Sun and will study the processes occurring at the border of the crown and the atmosphere.
As noted, the probe was launched on a Delta IV Heavy rocket today, August 12, at 10:31 Moscow time from Cape Canaveral in the U.S. state of Florida.
The NASA website has published photos and video of the historic event.
It is expected that the device, the creation of which was spent 1.5 billion dollars, will be released a stable orbit around the Sun at the end of 2024 and close to the stellar surface at a distance of 6.4 million km seven times closer than ever.
Its goal is the study of the solar wind and the atmosphere of the Sun.
Recall that initially, the launch of solar probe was scheduled for 11 August, but for a few minutes before the start was postponed for an hour, and then it was rescheduled for the day. The Agency explained that there have been violations of limit is run, and then in the opening window, no time left to run.
Yesterday we also watched the fifth Eclipse of 2018, which was the most visible Eclipse of the Sun this year and shut down a large “corridor of eclipses”, which was launched in January.