NASA launched apparatus for the study of the Sun

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Booster Delta IV Heavy was launched in Florida with the Parker probe Solar Probe, which will study the solar corona, a stream of running lead NASA.

Start owned by United Launch Alliance rocket was given at 10:40 Moscow time from the cosmodrome on Cape Canaveral (FL). 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 rocket 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.