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  • He who laughs last – launches best: Parker Solar Probe mission a testament to faith

    Jason RhianAugust 13th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- A speech during a pivotal scene in the 2016 movie Captain America Civil War, has become relevant in terms of the recent flight of the Parker Solar Probe. If you don't think so, you might want to chat with Eugene Parker. 

  • Video: SpaceFlight Insider’s Parker Solar Probe launch highlights

    Jason RhianAugust 12th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA and United Launch Alliance has sent the space agency's Parker Solar Probe on its way to carry out seven fly-bys of Venus - before heading on its way to study the Sun. Liftoff took place from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37B on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 3:31 a.m. EDT (07:31 GMT). Video courtesy of SpaceFlight Insider's Mike Howard, Mike Deep and Vikash Mahadeo

  • Gallery: Flight to light – ULA sends Parker Solar Probe toward the Sun

    Jason RhianAugust 12th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- United Launch Alliance sent NASA's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft on its way to "touch the surface of the Sun" (our parent star's coronasphere) on Sunday, Aug. 12. The launch service provider had about an hour in which to get the rocket and its precious cargo off the launch pad at Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 37. However, the Colorado-based firm managed to get the mission underway at the very opening of the window at 3:31 a.m. EDT (7:31 GMT). 

  • Thundering toward light: NASA’s Parker Solar Probe begins journey to Sun

    Michael ColeAugust 12th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's long-awaited Parker Solar Probe launched thunderously into the night sky atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket in the early morning hours of Aug. 12. Its goal? To unlock the secrets of Earth's parent star.

  • Technical issues plague 1st launch attempt of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

    Derek RichardsonAugust 11th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s mission to touch the Sun, the Parker Solar Probe, will have to wait at least one more day as various technical issues with the Delta IV Heavy rocket ultimately led to a scrub of the Aug. 11, 2018, attempt.

  • SpaceFlight Insider Live: To touch the Sun – Launch of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

    Jason RhianAugust 11th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- NASA and United Launch Alliance have a Delta IV Heavy rocket all set to launch the space agency's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft on its way to touch the Sun. SpaceFlight Insider's live webcast of this pivotal launch will begin at 3 a.m. EDT (07:00 GMT) Saturday. Aug. 7. Tune in as we bring you exclusive interviews, photos and more - live!

  • Parker Solar Probe stands ready to be propelled into the face of the Sun

    Michael ColeAugust 9th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- NASA's Parker Solar Probe (PSP) is edging closer to its long-awaited launch, scheduled no earlier than (NET) 3:33 a.m. EDT (19:33 GMT) on Saturday, August 11. The spacecraft will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37B (SLC-37B) atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket on its mission to study the Sun's corona and the solar wind.

  • NASA Administrator discusses NASA’s future during stop at Kennedy

    Jason RhianAugust 8th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine paid his first visit to NASA's Kennedy Space Center on a two-day stop that began on Monday, Aug. 6 and concluded today (Aug. 7). The visit comes just days before one of the most important NASA missions of the year is poised to get underway.

  • NASA’s Parker Solar Probe attached to Delta IV Heavy rocket

    Jim SharkeyAugust 2nd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A spacecraft that has been designed and built to "touch the Sun" has completed two critical milestones that place it one step closer to flight.

  • NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission slips 5 days

    Jason RhianJuly 24th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's mission to "touch the Sun" will have to wait a couple more days before blazing a trail toward Earth's parent star. The space agency said Tuesday that more inspection time is needed for the Parker Solar Probe.

  • Launch of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe delayed

    Jason RhianJuly 18th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- NASA announced on Wednesday, July 18 that the launch of the agency's Parker Solar Probe mission, which is designed to "touch" the Sun - had been delayed an additional two days. 

  • Parker Solar Probe heat shield installed

    Curt GodwinJuly 7th, 2018

    Engineers from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab recently attached the Parker Solar Probe's 160-pound (72.6-kilogram) thermal protection system, or heat shield, to the body of the spacecraft in preparation for its launch, scheduled for no earlier than Aug. 4, 2018.

  • Parker Solar Probe Arrives in Florida

    Christopher PaulApril 13th, 2018

    NASA's Parker Solar Probe has been delivered to an Astrotech Space Operations-owned facility in Titusville, Florida, to begin final preparations before its launch this summer, the U.S. space agency said.

  • Parker Solar Probe prepped for delivery to Kennedy Space Center

    Michael ColeMarch 31st, 2018

    GREENBELT, MD -- NASA's Parker Solar Probe (PSP) is getting ready for its flight to space. The spacecraft is currently scheduled for launch in July or August of this year (2018). PSP is NASA's long-awaited mission to explore the Sun's corona and is designed to discover more about the solar wind, and learn how conditions there interact to create space weather.

  • Parker Solar Probe approved for environmental testing

    Christopher PaulOctober 18th, 2017

    The Parker Solar Probe, formerly called Solar Probe Plus, has been certified ready for environmental testing. This means that engineers have inspected the spacecraft and have decided it is ready to be subjected to simulations of the conditions it will face during its launch and operations in space.