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  • Parker Solar Probe details revealed

    Paul KnightlyJune 1st, 2017

    NASA announced on May 31, 2017, a groundbreaking new mission to explore the Sun at close range. The Parker Solar Probe will launch in 2018 and will spend nearly seven years spiraling in toward the Sun, utilizing Venus for seven gravitational assists before making its closest approach of about 3.7 million miles (6 million kilometers) from the Sun's surface.

  • Solar Probe Plus gets green light to proceed

    Curt GodwinAugust 4th, 2016

    NASA's Solar Probe Plus has passed an important design review milestone and can now proceed to assembly and integration in preparation for its scheduled summer 2018 launch date. Currently comprising only a primary structure and propulsion system, the assembly can now move forward with the installation of the remainder of the spacecraft's systems and science instruments.

  • NASA taps ULA Delta IV Heavy to launch Solar Probe Plus mission

    Jason RhianMarch 20th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — It would appear that after the Dec. 2014 first flight of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft, that the space agency liked what it saw. With Orion’s Exploration Flight Test 1, the crew-rated spacecraft took to the skies for the first time. Now, the agency is looking at utilizing the massive Delta IV Heavy booster […]