The NASA Parker Solar Probe lifted off this morning to fly closer to the Sun than ever before.

It was launched on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy and will become the fastest man-made object ever launched into space if all goes well. The probe will fly through the Sun’s outer atmosphere, the corona, and make measurements providing key insights into our star’s inner workings.

Find out more on the NASA Parker Solar Probe page.

Parker Solar Probe close to the SunImage credit: Parker Solar Probe close to the Sun