The World's Fastest Spacecraft Has Been Launched

posted by Trey Downey - 

The world's fastest rocket has been launched. No. it isn't going to be a part of the new military space force. It is headed for the sun. The Parker Solar Probe was built by NASA and travels 430,000 MPH. The spacecraft cost 1.5 billion dollars to build. If all goes well with the mission we should start receiving data in December. 

‘Twas the night before launch... Before calling it a night, set an alarm so that you won’t miss the 3:33 a.m. EDT launch of our first-ever mission to “touch” the Sun. Our Parker #SolarProbe spacecraft, about the size of a small car, will launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 on Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The spacecraft will fly directly into the Sun’s atmosphere where, from a distance of – at the closest approach — approximately 4 million miles from its surface, the spacecraft will trace how energy and heat move through the Sun’s atmosphere and explore what accelerates the solar wind and solar energetic particles. NASA TV launch coverage will begin at 3 a.m. EDT on air and streaming at https://www.nasa.gov/live. Image credit: Bill Ingalls #nasa #solarprobe #sun #launch #rocketlaunch #science #kennedyspacecenter #solarsystem #planets #space #planetary #outerspace

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