WASHINGTON - NASA 's Parker Solar Probe, mankind's first mission to 'touch' the Sun, has been launched and it would take 7 years to reach the sun.
Solar probe was on a seven-year long journey to unlock the mysteries of our star's fiery outer atmosphere and its effects on space weather.
Liftoff took place from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the US early on Sunday.
The launch of the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the spacecraft was scrubbed yesterday due to a violation of a launch limit, resulting in a hold.
The car-sized spacecraft will travel directly into the Sun's atmosphere, about four million miles from its surface - and more than seven times closer than any spacecraft has come before, thanks to its innovative Thermal Protection System.