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The long-awaited launch of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe was scrubbed early Saturday when the delay on the launch pad ate away at the spacecraft 65 minutes to blast off to the sun.
Crowd had gathered at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the Solar Probe begin his incredible journey from nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Sitting on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, the Solar Probe was originally scheduled for launch from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 37, 3:33 pm EDT. The onlookers watched, tense as the start time was pushed back to 3:53 a.m. EDT, the food in the 65-minute launch window. The launch was scrubbed about 2 minutes from the end of the launch window.
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“The launch of a ULA #DeltaIV Heavy version of the Parker #SolarProbe spacecraft came in today as a result of a breach of a launch limit, resulting in a hold. There was not enough time left in the window to recycle,” tweeted ULA.
The launch of a ULA #DeltaIV Heavy version of the Parker #SolarProbe spacecraft came in today as a result of a breach of a launch limit, resulting in a hold. There was not enough time left in the window to recycle.
— ULA (@ulalaunch) on August 11, 2018
Specific details of what the cause of the delay have not yet been released.
A new start is set for 3:31 pm EDT Sunday.
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The $1.5 billion mission will be humanity closer to the sun than ever before. Parker will be the first spacecraft to fly by the sun (the corona is the outermost part of the atmosphere of the star. It is expected that the sun in November.
Parker will be confronted with “brutal” heat and radiation in an epic journey that will take you to within 3.8 million miles of the sun’s surface, according to the space agency. This is seven times closer than the previous closest spacecraft, Helios 2, which came within 27 million miles of the sun in 1976.
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