On ‘mission to touch the sun,’ Parker Solar Probe has launched

( CNN) Humanity’s firstly inspects to a star began this weekend. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will explore the sun’s atmosphere in a mission that launched early Sunday. This is the agency’s firstly mission to the sunlight and its outermost atmosphere, the corona.

After being delayed on Saturday, the probe successfully launched at 3:31 a.m. ET Sunday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, one of the world’s more powerful rockets.

Although the probe itself is about the dimensions of the a automobile, a powerful rocket was necessary flee Earth’s orbit, change direction and reach the sun.

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