US space agency Nasa launched its mission to “touch the sun” today (August 12, 2018).
But when was the original launch date, how could Brits watch it, and where is Cape Canaveral?
NASA The Delta IV rocket carrying the probe takes off in Florida this morning
What is the Parker Space Probe’s new launch date?
The Parker Space Probe was due to blast off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on august 11, 2018 in a £1.2billion mission.
Thousands of spectators gathered in the middle of the night to witness the launch, including the University of Chicago astrophysicist for whom the spacecraft is named.
But a last minute technical problem saw the launch countdown halted with just one-minute, 55 seconds remaining.
The Delta IV rocket carrying the probe successfully launched today at 3.31am local time (7.31 GMT).
AFP or licensors Hundreds gathered in Cape Canaveral, Florida, to watch the rocket blast off
How could you watch NASA’s launch in the UK?
The launch of the rocket was be streamed live on Nasa’s YouTube channel.
It was also live-blogged on the website, with regular blog updates from scientists.
AFP or licensors The launch was aborted with less than two minutes left on the countdown
Where is Cape Canaveral?
Cape Canaveral is found near the centre of Florida’s Atlantic coast.
It is the site of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the Kennedy Space Centre – both of which have been used for a series of rocket launches.
The Apollo missions were all launched from Cape Canaveral.
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