Parker Solar Probe was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s launch complex 37 on August 12, 2018 on its “Mission to Touch the Sun”. The APL Mission Operations and Instrument Teams are beginning the commissioning of the instruments on the spacecraft. Parker Solar Probe is rapidly moving toward its initial encounter with the sun and is now 16.36 million miles from the Earth and is traveling at 45,905 miles per hour, as of 1pm ET today, 9/6/18. The first of sevenVenus Gravity Assist flyby’s will happen on October 3rd 2018.
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