Rocket Launch: NET August 4, 2018 | ULA Delta IV Heavy Parker Solar ProbeNET August 4, 2018 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Space Launch Complex 37 ULA Delta IV Heavy Parker Solar Probe
A Delta IV Heavy will launch the Parker Solar Probe, which will travel through the sun’s atmosphere. Using Venus’ gravity, the Probe will gradually get closer to the sun over the course of 7 years. The Probe will fly to the sun’s corona, providing the closest observations of a star to date. The main mission goals are to understand how energy and heat move through the corona and learn what accelerates the solar wind and energetic particles.
MISSION FACTS: (via NASA)
- “At closest approach, Parker Solar Probe hurtles around the sun at approximately 430,000 mph (700,000 kph). That's fast enough to get from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., in one second.” – NASA.gov
- The spacecraft will need to withstand temperatures that reach almost 2,500 F, or 1,377 C. This is possible through advances in thermal engineering.
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Currently, no Launch Transportation Tickets are available for this launch. If launch transportation and viewing opportunities later become available through the visitor complex:
- Tickets may be purchased online under the VIP Launch Viewing tab on the ticket page if/when tickets are available.
- If they are offered, tickets are sold as soon as possible after a confirmed date and time is announced.
- As viewing locations are accessible from inside the visitor complex entrance only, you must also purchase a daily admission ticket or an annual pass in order to use Launch Transportation Tickets. Ticket holders are transported by Kennedy Space Center buses from the main visitor complex to the available viewing areas located beyond NASA’s gates.
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