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Launch Photos! NASA's Parker Solar Probe Blasts Off to Touch the Sun

A Nighttime Launch to the Sun

United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket launches NASA's Parker Solar Probe to the sun from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on Aug. 12, 2018.

Parker Solar Probe Launches Into the Dark

NASA

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe lifts off from from Cape Canaveral, Florida on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket on Aug. 12, 2018, at 3:31 a.m. EDT (0731 GMT).

An Invisible Rocket?

NASA

The Delta IV rocket launching NASA's Parker Solar Probe into orbit disappears in the fog after lifting off from Florida.

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NASA/Bill Ingalls

The Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the Parker Solar Probe waits for its launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

24-Hour Delay

NASA TV

The launch of NASA's $1.5 billion Parker Solar Probe mission to the sun was delayed 24 hours due to a last-minute glitch with its Delta IV Heavy rocket (shown here) early Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018.

Reflections

United Launch Alliance

The Mobile Service Tower rolled back from the Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the Parker Solar Probe.

Sunset Rocket

United Launch Alliance

The Mobile Service Tower rolled back from the Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the Parker Solar Probe.

Parker Solar Probe and the Sun

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The Mobile Service Tower rolls back from the Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the Parker Solar Probe

Parker Solar Probe Rolls Out

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The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying NASA’s Parker Solar Probe rolls out at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 10, 2018, ahead of a planned Aug. 11 launch.

Parker Solar Probe Rolls Out

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A view of the Delta IV Heavy from the other side, showing the Parker Solar Probe logo.

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