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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, retaining the Delta IV rocket on its pad with the Parker Solar Probe.

Rocket maker United Launch Alliance mentioned it might strive once more Sunday, offered the helium-pressure subject might be resolved rapidly. As quickly because the pink strain alarm for the gaseous helium system went off, a launch controller ordered, “Hold, hold, hold.”

Once on its method, the Parker probe will enterprise nearer to our star than every other spacecraft. The $1.5-billion US mission is already every week late due to rocket points. Saturday’s launch try encountered a sequence of snags; in the long run, controllers ran out of time.

Thousands of spectators gathered in the midst 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 not less than one other few days.

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