NASA is all set to launch Parker Solar Probe, today. It is scheduled to launch at 3:33 am. The spacecraft will take off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Its live coverage will start at 3:00 am on Saturday.
The weather conditions for today will most likely be favorable for the launch, says the Meteorologists.
The probe is named after the 91-year old physicist, Dr. Eugene Parker. He theorized about the existence of the solar wind. He will be present to view the launch of the new spacecraft at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Tory Bruno, United Launch Alliance CEO says that Dr. Parker’s presence during the launch will make the moment more special because it is his life work and his mission. Also Tony adds if this time it’s not done appropriately the opportunity will not come any time soon.
Parker Solar Probe will provide information about the unpredicted conditions of the Sun’s atmosphere. In the history, no other spacecraft has gone so closer than Parker Solar Probe will be going today. The spacecraft will fly directly to the Sun’s atmosphere and get information of how heat and energy move there and the acceleration of solar energetic particles and solar wind.
Parker Solar Probe is equipped with a 4.5-inch thick sheet made of carbon, which will help it to bare the heat of the sun and which is why it’s survival is possible there. The shield will face the heat of up to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit but the spacecraft will be at 85 degrees.
The live launch coverage can be seen on 11 Aug, 3:33 am and the window will open for 45 minutes.