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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).

Cape Canaveral SFS
Florida, United States
Launch Date
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Launch Time
7:31 AM (UTC)
Launch Time (Pad)
COSPAR ID 2018-065

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Media Gallery

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