NASA has successfully launched a spacecraft destined to become the fastest man-made object ever as it gets closer to the sun than we've been before.
The car-sized, $1.5 billion Parker Solar Probe launched on a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
NASA's first mission to the sun - will expolore the sun's atmosphere and its outermost atmosphere, the corona.
He proposed the existence of the solar wind 60 years ago.
The probe is created to plunge into the Sun's mysterious atmosphere, known as the corona, coming within 6.16 million kilometers of its surface during a seven-year mission.More news: Spain’s Gerard Pique retires from global football
These solar outbursts are poorly understood, but pack the potential to wipe out power to millions of people.
The mission will be the first to fly directly through the Sun's corona - the hazardous region of intense heat and solar radiation in the Sun's atmosphere that is visible during an eclipse.
A worst-case scenario could cost up to two trillion dollars in the first year alone and take a decade to fully recover from, experts have warned.
No wonder scientists consider it the coolest, hottest mission under the sun, and what better day to launch to the sun than Sunday as NASA noted.
Knowing more about the solar wind and space storms will also help protect future deep space explorers as they journey toward the Moon or Mars.More news: Garbage Truck Driver Facing DWI Charges In Bicyclist’s Death Near Central Park
That's around 4 per cent of the distance between the earth and the sun.
Over the course of seven years, Parker will make 24 loops around our star to study the physics of the corona, the place where much of the important activity that affects the Earth seems to originate. We know the questions we want to answer'.
Thousands of spectators jammed the launch site, including 91-year-old astrophysicist Eugene Parker after whom the spacecraft is named.
Parker said last week that he was "impressed" by the Parker Solar Probe, calling it "a very complex machine".
During its historic journey, the probe will jet past Venus at speeds of 430,000 miles per hour, the equivalent of flying from NY to Tokyo in one minute.More news: Execs: Company Boosted by Foxtel Purchase, Digital Growth in Q4