Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Launch of the Parker Solar Probe Has Been Pushed Back 5 Days...

NASA's Parker Solar Probe on display inside the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Florida.

Earlier today, NASA announced that the impending launch of its Parker Solar Probe has been delayed from August 6 to August 11 (after having an original flight date of August 3)...due to a piece of foam that technicians at Astrotech Space Operations (in Titusville, Florida) found inside the Delta IV Heavy payload fairing after Parker was recently encapsulated inside it. This is good news to me—as I probably would've missed the launch if it took place on August 6 (Monday) due to work. The Delta IV Heavy rocket that will send Parker towards the Sun is now set to depart from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on August 11 at 3:48 AM, Eastern Daylight Time (12:48 AM, Pacific Daylight Time). I can live with that!

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