Early this morning, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket successfully launched NASA’s Parker Solar Probe from Cape Canaveral on a unique mission to study the Sun’s corona up close NASA, ULA Launch Parker Solar Probe on Historic Journey to Touch Sun | NASA

“The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket launches NASA’s Parker Solar Probe to touch the Sun, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.” – NASA

Few get to see a spacecraft named after themselves launched on a grand rocket. A clip of Dr. Eugene Newman Parker watching the launch last night:

The spacecraft is carrying a chip with the names of 1.1 million public participants etched on it.

See previous postings here and here on the Parker mission.

More resources at the Parker Solar Probe Mission HQ at Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab.