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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:24 am 
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After a day's delay, the probe was launched on a Delta 1V Heavy Lift rocket. Parker Solar Probe will be the fastest space probe ever launched. When the probe enters the deepest part of the Sun's gravitational well, it will be travelling at an astonishing 430,000 mph.
The car-sized probe is intended to loop the Sun 24 times over a period of 7 years, and it will hopefully endure searing temperatures of 1,300C on its carbon heat-shield. Information will be constantly relayed to Earth, including in its most extreme solar conditions.
If Earth was 1 metre away from the Sun, the PSP would be just 4 cms away from the Sun at its closest approach. The Johns Hopkins flight controllers will have a communications time lag of 16 minutes, so the probe is built to control itself at the Sun.
Another fine space exploration mission from Nasa. :D

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