Monday, August 06, 2018

NASA's Parker Solar Probe: Rocket Prep

Current Launch Window: Aug. 11-Aug. 23rd, 2018
In the Astrotech processing facility in Titusville, Florida, near NASA's Kennedy Space Center, on Monday, July 16, 2018, NASA's Parker Solar Probe is prepared for encapsulation in its payload fairing. The spacecraft is mated to its third stage, built and tested by Northrup Grumman in Chandler, Arizona. The Parker Solar Probe will launch on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The mission will perform the closest-ever observations of a star when it travels through the Sun's atmosphere, called the corona. The probe will rely on measurements and imaging to revolutionize our understanding of the corona and the Sun-Earth connection.

Learn about the historic Parker Solar Probe mission: https://go.nasa.gov/2ubAwFS

Image Credit: NASA/Leif Heimbold
Release Date: July 16, 2018


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