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With launch looming, the Parker Solar Probe is ready for its star turn

The launch window will remain open from August 11 to August 23

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2:00pm, August 10, 2018
Parker probe in rocket

RARING TO GO  The Parker Solar Probe is shown here on July 16, 2018, mounted atop the final rocket stage that will take it to the sun and next to part of the casing that will protect it during launch. The probe is set to launch from Cape Canaveral on August 11.

Editor’s note: The Parker Solar Probe’s planned Aug. 11 launch was scrubbed to look into an issue with the rocket’s helium pressure. The spacecraft  is now set to lift off on its journey to the sun at 3:31 a.m. EDT on August 12 at the earliest.

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is ready to reach for the stars — well, one specific star. It’s about to blast off to become the first spacecraft to visit the sun (SN: 7/21/18, p. 12).

The probe will launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. on a Delta IV Heavy rocket. Lift-off is scheduled for 3:33 a.m. EDT on August 11. You can watch the launch on NASA TV beginning at 3 a.m.

If the probe doesn’t blast off within 65 minutes of its scheduled lift-off, the launch will be scrubbed — at least for that day. The

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