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Parker Solar Probe by NASA, rescheduled for Sunday due to last minute irregularity

The probe is supposed to fly up to six million kilometers to the sun's surface, as close as no spacecraft before.


Devdiscourse News Desk Last Updated at 18 Aug 2018, 21:08 IST United States
Parker Solar Probe by NASA, rescheduled for Sunday due to last minute irregularity
  • The sunniest planet Mercury is on average 58 million kilometers away. (Image Credit: Twitter)

NASA has postponed the launch of the Parker Solar Probe due to technical problems.

The stop had been ordered because an irregularity had been observed during the last minutes of the countdown, the NASA announced on Saturday via Twitter.

Shortly before the planned launch of the NASA probe "Parker Solar Probe", the US Space Agency has announced details of its solar mission.

The probe is supposed to fly up to six million kilometers to the sun's surface, as close as no spacecraft before.

By comparison, the sunniest planet Mercury is on average 58 million kilometers away.

For the first time, a space probe will dip into the outermost atmospheric layer of the sun, the so-called corona. There, the so-called solar wind is created - a stream of electromagnetically charged particles that can make polar lights glow on Earth and, among other things, disturb satellites.

With the help of her probe, NASA wants toexplore the phenomena of the corona, explains Nicola Fox from the research team.


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