NASA launches probe to study sun at close range
US space agency NASA has launched a seven-year mission that will send a satellite closer to the Sun than any before.
The Parker Solar Probe, a spacecraft the size of a small car, lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, early Sunday.
The craft, which is set to fly into the Sun’s corona within 6.1 million km of the solar surface, is expected to help unravel the longstanding mysteries about the Sun’s behaviour.
The project, with a $1.5 billion cost prices, is the first major mission under NASA’s Living With a Star programme.