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Parker Solar Probe

This illustration from NASA shows the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft approaching the sun. Launched in August 2018, the spacecraft will get a gravity assist as it passes within 1,500 miles of Venus. The flyby is the first of seven that will draw Parker ever closer to the sun.

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The Mobile Service Tower is rolled back to reveal the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket with the Parker Solar Probe onboard Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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Eugene Parker, front right, a pioneer in heliophysics watches the launch of the Delta IV rocket, carrying the Parker Solar Probe, at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. "All I can say is, 'Wow, here we go.' We're in for some learning over the next several years," said Parker, astrophysicist for whom the spacecraft is named.

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A Delta IV rocket, carrying the Parker Solar Probe, lifts off from launch complex 37 as seen during a time exposure at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Parker Solar Probe on a ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force.

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This long exposure photograph provided by NASA, shows the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket as it launches NASA's Parker Solar Probe to touch the Sun, from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

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A Delta IV rocket, carrying the Parker Solar Probe, lifts off from launch complex 37 at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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A Delta IV rocket, carrying the Parker Solar Probe, lifts off from launch complex 37 at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

AP Photo/John Raoux

A Delta IV rocket, carrying the Parker Solar Probe, lifts off from launch complex 37 at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida..

AP Photo/John Raoux

A Delta IV rocket, carrying the Parker Solar Probe, lifts off from launch complex 37 at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

AP Photo/John Raoux

A Delta IV rocket, carrying the Parker Solar Probe, lifts off from launch complex 37 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP

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