The probe will reach a speed of 430,000 miles per hour around the sun, setting a record for the fastest manmade object.
And Nasa's science mission chief, Thomas Zurbuchen, said: "I'm in awe".
These explosions create space weather events that can pummel Earth with high energy particles, endangering astronauts, interfering with Global Positioning System and communications satellites and, at their worst, disrupting our power grid.
Saturday's planned departure date was foiled by last-minute technical problems but NASA pointed out that there was no better day for the launch of a mission to "touch the sun" than Sunday.
NASA's Parker Solar Probe successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday.
"We're in for some learning for the next several years", said Eugene Parker, 91, the retired solar physicist after whom the spacecraft is named.
The probe will make its closest approach in 2024 when the next total solar eclipse is expected to be seen over the US, and with that, the spacecraft will be visible.
White House Ex-Employee Omarosa Releases Trump Tape She said that she was "totally complicit " when she defended the president after the Charlottesville riots one year ago. But the incident isn't in her book because she didn't hear the tape until after the book was published.
Economic turmoil hits Turkey, US bank stocks react As the currency drops, Turkish companies and households with debt in foreign currencies see their debts expand. Investors in Turkey are also anxious about President Erdogan's interference in the country's central bank.
Unlike many planetary exploration missions, which primarily orbit the planet itself, the Parker probe will be swooping closer and closer to the sun by way of an elliptical orbit that will include seven "gravity-assist" flybys of Venus. The second is how does a solar wind start? By better understanding the sun's life-giving and sometimes violent nature, Earthlings can better protect satellites and astronauts in orbit, and power grids on the ground, he noted.
A trio of first-stage boosters fired hydrogen-fueled engines to light up the night sky above Launch Complex 37, unleashing 2.1 million pounds of thrust to begin the probe's seven-year mission.
"We at NASA and the Launch Services Program are thrilled to be part of this mission".
When closest to the sun, the 4½-inch-thick carbon-composite solar shields will have to withstand temperatures close to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. "We're finally going to be able to answer questions about the corona and solar wind raised by Gene Parker in 1958 - using a spacecraft that bears his name - and I can't wait to find out what discoveries we make". "The spacecraft will hurtle around the Sun at speeds up to 430,000 miles per hour". It remains unknown how these electrically charged particles pick up speed.
Speechless is not a word typically used to describe Nicky Fox, mission scientist for the Parker Solar Probe at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.
The solar probe is expected to gather more information about the sun than we've ever had access to before. "The energy of that (launch) vehicle, the enormous size, and when you realize how tiny the Parker Solar Probe satellite is, and you have this big vehicle around it, it's just mind boggling".
Now the University of Chicago professor has had the last laugh with the probe named after him - the first living person to be so honoured.
It was the third attempt to launch the Delta IV: initially, the rocket was to be launched on August 4 and after the transfer yesterday, August 11. "Where we see huge magnetic fields that are passing by us, as coronal mass ejections make their way out into the solar system".
The meteor shower started to break out into the night sky around mid-July and will carry on through to the last week of August. However, the Perseids meteor shower is so bright that it is actually visible through lightly polluted skies.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan appealed to all for supporting state measures in dealing with the flood situation in the state. Only Kasaragode, in northern Kerala which forms the border with Karnataka, has received deficient rainfall this season so far.
Stokes said he could not remember flicking his cigarette butt towards the gay men or directing a V-sign at Mr Cunningham. He said that deciding to use a bottle as a weapon would be a "difficult decision for me to take".
Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page arrives for a House committee deposition, one day after the session involving Strzok. Trump contended that Strzok targeted the president and accused Strzok of being "treasonous" and a "disgrace".
Her grieving lasted for at least 17 days, researchers said. "Her tour of grief is now over and her behavior is remarkably frisky". The chief culprit, researchers say, is there isn't enough salmon in the water to keep the orca population fit and healthy.
However, her nephew Tim Franklin told People magazine that she is "alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognize people ". Franklin's last album, "A Brand New Me", released in 2017, remixed her vintage vocals with newly recorded arrangements.
Unai Emery tasted defeat in his first official game as the Gunners' head coach, as the players struggled to ease into his set-up. Look at what Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech did in the first half, almost kicking the ball into his own net.
Later came another expletive-laden text that ended with the ominous warning: "The place is going to burn just like you planned". The arraignment for Forrest Clark was supposed to be today, but the judge in the case said the suspect refused to go to court.
USA stocks open higher as Turkish lira rebounds
The state-run Anadolu Agency said the finance chief would address hundreds of foreign investors on Thursday in a teleconference. Another lira collapse on Sunday night hit Asian shares and drove global demand for the safe-haven dollar, Swiss franc and yen.
Donald Trump Sparks Outrage After Calling Omarosa A 'Dog'
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England swing kings seal second Test rout of India
As India slumped to a humiliating defeat in the Lord's Test, Virat Kohli walked out with a blank expression on his face. However, the hero of the match for England was Chris Woakes , who came into the game after an injury-induced break.
Trump puts pressure on Turkey by doubling down on tariffs
Several U.S. media outlets criticized President Donald Trump on Friday for his decision to impose additional tariffs on Turkey. Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli said: "Economic terror is being created on the pretext of a pastor".
Look Up for the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend
The meteor shower will peak overnight into Monday, with 70 meteors visible each hour, according to the Royal Astronomical Society. To make the best of the meteors, observers should avoid built-up areas and try to find an unobstructed view to the east.
Defending PGA champion let golden opportunity slip away
He missed four months at the start of the year when a partially torn tendon in his left wrist, causing him to sit out the Masters. Each day got a little bit better here. "The drive on 17..." He did well to advance it, but had to save par from a bunker.
Singer Aretha Franklin reported to be 'gravely ill'
For years now, the world has speculated that legendary singer Aretha Franklin has been battling cancer. Aretha Franklin is reportedly " gravely ill " and surrounded by her friends and family in Detroit .
DOOM Eternal Is Coming To Nintendo Switch
Instead, you'll be able to travel to multiple worlds (including never-before-seen ones) on your demon-slaying adventure. Intense is an understatement when it comes to the gameplay reveal of the next Doom .
Trump 'monitoring' the stolen plane situation
The incident fell under the ongoing mission of Noble Eagle, the air defense mission launched after the 9/11 attacks, Hillier said. He said he heard a loud "boom", then saw smoke coming from a spot in Puget Sound where the plane appeared to have crashed.