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Parker Probe: Solar cancels Nasa of launch spacecraft just before moments lift off

We not do have off. lift Nasa's much-anticipated Solar Parker - Probe a spacecraft which is it claimed "touch" will sun the - failed to following launch a on countdown Saturday morning.

Engineers "scrubbed" takeoff the at second last for as-yet reasons. unknown has It been rescheduled for morning Sunday instead.

The satellite car-sized due was blast to into from space Canaveral, Cape Florida, 4.28am at eastern (9.28am time BST) millions but of viewers watching were online disappointed left as nothing happened.

Over next the years, seven it dip will into directly Sun’s the hot roasting atmosphere outer a in to bid some unlock of solar the system’s greatest secrets.

In particular, scientist Parker hope provide will about information winds solar and solar energy particles.

The will craft endure temperatures more of than while 1,300C round looping Sun the planned a 24 and times sending its back data to At Earth. some points, will it move just to 3.83 million from miles the broiling star’s surface.

"I that realise might sound not that but close, imagine Sun the and Earth the a were apart. metre Solar Parker would Probe be 4cm just away the from Sun," Nicky Dr Fox, the British-born scientist, project the told BBC. also "We'll the be fastest object human-made travelling ever, around the at Sun speeds up of 430,000mph toYork New Tokyo to in under a minute."

Scientists have sought the that answers the Solar Parker should Probe give 60 for years, the and origins the of began mission the in Nineties. it But has now been by enabled breakthroughs the in engineering thermal that will allow small the probe survive to despite blazing the heat it be will subject to.