Washington D.C, August 12: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Sunday launched the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft.
The official Twitter handle of NASA made the announcement: 3-2-1. and we have liftoff of Parker #SolarProbe atop @ULAlaunch's #DeltaIV Heavy rocket. NASA shared on their blog that "NASA's Parker Solar Probe is on its way for a rendezvous with the Sun."
Hours before the rise of the very star it will study, our #ParkerSolarProbe spacecraft launched from @NASAKennedy at 3:31am ET to begin its journey to the Sun and uncover solar mysteries. Details: https://t.co/5O4r9xljva pic.twitter.com/JXerO4H86x
— NASA (@NASA) August 12, 2018
NASA in their blog quoted the Launch Director Omar Baez as saying,"Parker Solar Probe has been one of our most challenging missions to date. I'm very proud of the team that worked to make this happen. We at NASA and the Launch Services Program are thrilled to be part of this mission."
#ParkerSolarProbe lifted off from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 3:31 a.m. EDT aboard a @ulalaunch #DeltaIVHeavy! 🚀 Follow along with the mission here and at https://t.co/KOu1HaS2K3 as we explore the Sun like never before. pic.twitter.com/BSAtpb6QVr
— NASA Sun & Space (@NASASun) August 12, 2018
NASA had delayed the launch of the spacecraft by a day on Saturday.
In their blog, NASA wrote on Saturday that the launch "was scrubbed today due to a violation of a launch limit, resulting in a hold." According to NASA, its Parker Solar Probe will revolutionise the understanding of the Sun, our closest star.