Watch NASA Launch Its Sun-Skimming Parker Solar Probe

The Parker Solar Probe launching at Cape Canaveral on August 12th, 2018.
Photo: Bill Ingalls/NASA (AP)

The Parker Solar Probe blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday, setting itself on course to become both the fastest human craft ever launched (in the neighborhood of 430,000 miles per hour) and the first to probe the outer corona of the sun.

Per the BBC, NASA has since confirmed the probe successfully separated from its rocket and is proceeding on its mission as intended.