A Sputnik-era dream: NASA spacecraft hurtles toward the sun

Posted: August 12, 2018 at 4:02 p.m.

Parker Solar Probe on a ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. (Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today via AP)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Embarking on a mission that scientists have been dreaming of since the Sputnik era, a NASA spacecraft hurtled Sunday toward the sun on a quest to unlock some of its mysteries by getting closer than any object sent before.

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