Parker Solar Probe Space Flight Bound For The Sun Delayed By NASA


Today, NASA, the national space agency of the United States of America, pulled back on the launch of a satellite closer to the Sun than any other has ever gone before, because of experiencing some last-minute technical difficulties.

The Parker Solar Probe was scheduled to launch this morning just before 9 in the morning UK time from the Cape Canaveral of Florida, however, an alarm that was raised during the 65-minute weather window could not be fixed before the time elapsed.

It is now scheduled to launch tomorrow morning once the conditions allow it. It aims for a launch time of 8:31 in the morning BST.

Once successful, the satellite will be considered the fastest-moving manmade object that was ever built.

A statement that was released by NASA stated: ”

“The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft was scrubbed today due to a violation of a launch limit, resulting in a hold. There was not enough time remaining in the window to recycle.”

It added: “The launch is planned for Sunday, Aug. 12 from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The forecast shows a 60 percent chance of favourable weather conditions for launch.”

The Delta IV Heavy rocket is set to carry the probe. It is considered as the second highest-capacity rocket in the world measuring 233 feet tall. It is also the most powerful rocket that is currently in operation by NASA.

The mission of the Parker Solar Probe is set to “revolutionise” the understanding of the public of the Sun, as the satellite is set to get close to 4 percent of the distance between the Earth and the Sun.

Entering the corona, a part of the atmosphere of the Sun, for the first time, the probe is set to explore how energy moves through the atmosphere. This will also provide the scientists with fresh data to forecast the changes in the space environment of the Earth.