U.S. postponed the launch of the missile with a probe for studying the solar corona

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The launch vehicle Delta IV Heavy in Florida with Parker probe Solar Probe, which will study the solar corona, has been postponed until Sunday, reports Spaceflight Now.

The launch is owned by United Launch Alliance (ULA) rocket was previously scheduled for 10:53 Moscow time from the cosmodrome on Cape Canaveral (FL).

«Group launch, ULA is preparing for another attempt to send the Delta IV Heavy (probe) Parker Solar Probe on Sunday. The launch window opens tomorrow at 03.31 time EDT (10.31 MSK)», — informs a portal.

The portal notes that the countdown before launch was stopped because of the signal regulator valve helium gas.

The rocket is supposed to a high elliptical orbit camera the size of a small car. For this launch, and already one of the most powerful currently in world missiles equipped with the additional third stage. As reported by ULA, solid-fuel third stage Star 48BV provided by the Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems.

Parker Solar Probe, which is named after the astrophysicist Eugene Parker, will over the next seven years to make 24 revolutions around the Sun. The creators of the probe hope that he will be able to approach the star at a distance of 6.1 million kilometers above its surface. So close to the Sun had not approached no man-made probe.

Parker Solar Probe includes a range of tools, located under the massive heat shield that must protect the probe from «sun burn», including the camera, a device for measuring magnetic and electric fields in the solar atmosphere, as well as two tools for measuring and monitoring particle «solar wind».

Earlier NASA reported that the first approximation of the camera with the Sun in November, the first received photos will be downlinked to the Ground in December.