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

Parker Meets Parker

NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA Science Mission Directorate Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen, solar astrophysicist Eugene Parker and United Launch Alliance President Tory Bruno in front of the rocket that will carry the Parker Solar Probe into space.

Ready to Fly


The Parker Solar Probe is packed in its Delta IV Heavy rocket ahead of its mission to the sun.

Leaving Earth for the Sun

NASA/Bill Ingalls

The Parker Solar Probe began a 7-year mission with its successful launch on Aug. 12, 2018. It will reach the sun in November 2018 following several flybys of Venus, the first of which is on Oct. 2.

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