( 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.