ICON Launch Targeted for Oct. 10-11::Update 9-11-19

Where does Earth’s atmosphere end and space begin? This and other questions soon will be answered by our Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, spacecraft that will launch Oct. 11. Learn more about this NASA Sun Science mission: NASA and Northrop Grumman currently are preparing the agency’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, spacecraft and the Pegasus
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A Year Ago Parker Solar Probe Launched – What did it take to get to T-Zero

Ever wondered how you get ready to send a spacecraft to the Sun? Get a behind-the-scenes look at the moments leading up to launch of Parker Solar Probe. Read more about this historic mission to touch the Sun at nasa.gov/parker. Today NASA Sun & JHU Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)#ParkerSolarProbe is zipping through her third closest
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It’s SUNday for for Parker Solar Probe! Perihelion #3

Today, Sept. 1, the spacecraft reaches the point in its orbit closest to the Sun, called perihelion. This is the third perihelion for Parker Solar Probe, and we’re extending science observations this time around! After Parker Solar Probe’s successful first year in space, the mission team has decided to extend science observations as the spacecraft
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OTD – Aug 30, 2012 RBSP/Van Allen Probes Launched

The twin Van Allen Probes launched to space seven years ago today. After years of studying Earth’s radiation belts, the mission is in its final phase, and one of the two spacecraft has ceased operations. Explore Van Allen Probes science Read the Mission History This may be our last post about the Van Allen Probes
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Mars in our Night Sky and a Solar Conjunction

Every day for over two decades, the U.S. has had a presence at Mars, using spacecraft to understand this extreme world and its potential as a past or present habitat for life. During that time, all spacecraft have become virtually incommunicado for about two weeks every two years. The reason is solar conjunction. Solar conjunction
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Parker Solar Probe Gets Extra Observation Time

After Parker Solar Probe’s successful first year in space, the mission team has decided to extend science observations as the spacecraft approaches its third solar encounter. Parker Solar Probe turned on its four instrument suites on Aug. 16, 2019 — earlier than during its previous two solar encounters, extending the observation period from 11 days
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OTD – Parker Solar Probe Launches, Now One Year, 2 Trips Around Sun and Approaching Third Encounter

Happy first birthday, Parker Solar Probe! 🎂☀️🛰 Since it launched one year ago, the spacecraft has broken multiple world records and sent back a host of groundbreaking scientific data about the Sun. Reflect on the mission so far with the mission’s namesake, Dr. Eugene Parker: https://go.nasa.gov/2YCWXoy This video was captured by Parker Solar Probe’s WISPR
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NASA just received a major data dump from its mission to ‘Touch the Sun’

We’re rapidly approaching the one-year anniversary of the launch of NASA’s much-hyped mission to “Touch the Sun” with its Parker Solar Probe. The spacecraft is breaking records left and right, but NASA didn’t fire the probe at our nearest star just to impress us. The success of the mission will ultimately depend on the data
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