Rocket Launch: NET July 31, 2018 | ULA Delta IV Heavy Parker Solar ProbeJul 31, 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.
- Your name can catch a ride to the sun on the Parker Space Probe. See the featured video (right) or learn more about how to submit your name.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the closest public viewing of launches with the purchase of admission and a launch transportation/viewing ticket. Availability of viewing opportunities and locations is dependent upon the scheduled launch time and is subject to NASA and U.S. Air Force approval.
If launch transportation and viewing opportunities are offered, tickets become available for purchase as soon as possible before the launch date and may be purchased online. The VIP Launch Viewing tab will list the tickets if or when they are available. You must purchase a daily admission ticket or an annual pass in order to use launch transportation/viewing tickets as viewing locations are accessible from inside the visitor complex entrance only. Ticket holders are transported by bus from the main visitor complex to special viewing areas if available.
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- Learn more about Parker Space Probe or the Delta IV Heavy
Launch date, time, and viewing opportunities are subject to change. Launches can be affected by technical and mechanical issues as well as range operations and weather, either in advance or at the last minute.