The 1000-pound, car-sized spacecraft will be performing 24 flybys of the sun over its seven-year mission.
NASA is on a mission to "touch" the sun.
For a successful reach Solar Probe need to set off very quickly from Earth, thus the giant rocket also the second in launch power only to the brand new Falcon Heavy rocket of Space X. The Probe needs to reach speeds of about 430,000 miles/hour in the space, hence it can be bit heavy, or else it won't be able to enter the necessary orbit.
At first, the solar probe will make a quick stop around Venus on October 2, for a gravity-assist maneuver that will help it adjust its course toward the sun.More news: Bethesda Nixes Steam in Favor of Its Own Launcher - Fallout 76
It will get about 4 million miles from the sun. These answers could apply to how stars outside our solar system work.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, the spacecraft will be protected from the sun's scorching rays by a state-of-the-art heat shield made out of carbon composite foam encased in carbon plates.
"We hide in the shade underneath the shield", McComas said. The probe will be the first NASA project named for a living scientist.
"We see these big storms happening on the sun and then see them collide with Earth", said Geronimo Villanueva.
Its travels will carry it closer to our biggest star than any other spacecraft has ever been, becoming the first man-made vehicle to go through the solar corona - the incandescent outer atmosphere surrounding the sun.More news: Nintendo Announces Four New Characters For "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate'"
The mission carries four instrument suites to survey the birthplace of the solar wind and its embedded magnetic and electric fields, explore the powerful explosions known as solar flares and coronal mass ejections, and reveal how these conspire to accelerate solar energetic particles.
While Nasa scientists have meant to launch a solar mission for decades, cuts made to the space programme by successive presidents have hampered development, while "only recent technological advances in cooling systems and fault management have made it possible" says The Independent.
The mission will take off from Space Launch Complex 37 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
It will hitch a ride through the atmosphere before being blasted into deep space by the Delta IV Heavy rocket.More news: United States senator presents letter from Trump for Putin