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NASA's Parker Solar Probe blasts off on epic journey to 'touch the Sun' (Science/Technology, 4 articles)
After decades of scientific brainstorming and years of construction, Parker Solar Probe is safely on its way to flying seven times closer to the sun than any mission has before. " There's definitely Nicola Fox told S earlier this week, before the launch. A NASA spacecraft rocketed toward the sun Sunday on an unprecedented quest to get closer to our star than anything ever sent before. Probe will fly straight through the wispy edges of the corona, or outer solar atmosphere, that was visible during last August's total solar eclipse. It eventually will get within six million kilometres of the sun's surface, staying comfortably cool despite the extreme heat and radiation, and allowing scientists to vicariously explore the sun in a way never before possible. No wonder scientists consider it the coolest, hottest mission under the sun, and what better day to launch to the sun than Sunday as NASA noted. For the second straight day, thousands of spectators jammed the launch site in the middle of the night as well as surrounding towns, including 91-year-old astrophysicist Eugene Parker for whom the spacecraft is named.






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