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NASA launches mission to ‘touch’ the Sun

 WASHINGTON, Aug 12 - NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, mankind’s first mission to ‘touch’ the Sun, was successfully launched today on an unprecedented, seven-year-long journey to unlock the mysteries of the star’s fiery outer atmosphere and its effects on space weather.

Liftoff of the USD 1.5 billion mission took place from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the US at 3:31 am EDT (1:01 pm Indian Standard Time).

The launch of the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the spacecraft was scrubbed yesterday due to a violation of a launch limit, resulting in a hold.

The mission is the first to be named after a living scientist – 91-year-old Eugene N Parker, who first predicted the existence of the solar wind in 1958. – PTI

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