Parker Solar Probe

Recent technological innovations will help the Parker Solar Probe approach the Sun closer than any other spacecraft in human history. It will come within about 3.8 million miles of the Sun, breaking the record of the Helios-B spacecraft which achieved a closest approach of only about 26 million miles in 1976.

The launch date was Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 7:31 AM (UTC).

Provider United Launch Alliance (ULA)
Vehicle Delta IV Heavy
Launch Date
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Launch Time
7:31 AM (UTC)
Launch Time (Pad)
03:31 AM (UTC-4)
Location SLC-37B
Cape Canaveral AFS
Florida, United States

Launch Media

  • Parker Solar Probe at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Parker Solar Probe--Mission Overview