CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A final-minute technical drawback Saturday delayed NASA’s unprecedented flight to the solar.
The early morning launch countdown was halted with simply one-minute, 55 seconds remaining, protecting the Delta IV rocket on its pad with the Parker Solar Probe.
Rocket maker United Launch Alliance mentioned it will attempt once more Sunday, offered the helium-pressure difficulty might be resolved rapidly. As quickly because the crimson strain alarm for the gaseous helium system went off, a launch controller ordered, “Hold, hold, hold.”
Once on its manner, the Parker probe will enterprise nearer to our star than every other spacecraft. The $1.5 billion mission is already every week late due to rocket points. Saturday’s launch try encountered a collection of snags; ultimately, controllers ran out of time.
Thousands of spectators gathered in the course of the evening to witness the launch, together with the University of Chicago astrophysicist for whom the spacecraft is called. Eugene Parker predicted the existence of photo voltaic wind 60 years in the past. He’s now 91 and desirous to see the photo voltaic probe soar. He plans to stay round at the very least one other few days.