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WATCH: NASA Launches Parker Solar Probe On Mission To Sun

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| August 12 , 2018 , 15:19 IST

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) launched Delta IV heady rocket on Sunday carrying Parker Solar Probe on a mission to the Sun. The Parker Solar Probe solar panels have been deployed successfully on the separation from Delta IV rocket.

According to NASA, on the separation of the spacecraft, it is in good health and operating on its own and has begun its mission to “touch” the Sun.

The mission is carried out to protect the Earth by unveiling the mysteries of dangerous solar storms. At least $1.5 billion was spent on this mission and it is for the first time for any spacecraft to get this close to the sun.

NASA has shared a video on Twitter that, "why won’t the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft melt?"

In the video Betsy Congdon, Lead Engineer Parker Solar Probe Heat Shield explained and shows the strength of the spacecraft’s protective shield.

The solar probe is the only NASA spacecraft named after a living person Dr. Eugene N Parker, a 91-year-old solar physicist was interviewed as he watched his first rocket launch.

Parker said, “I am anticipating that the result will turn up with basic information and waiting for data.”

"At closest approach, Parker Solar Probe spacecraft will be hurtling around Sun at approximately 430,000 miles per hour! That's fast enough to get from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. in one second," NASA said.