See Scientist Eugene Parker Bid Farewell to the Sun Probe NASA Named for Him | 8/10/2018 | Staff
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It's never too late to do something for the first time — especially if that thing is seeing a rocket launch in person, and even more so if that rocket is carrying a mission named after you.

At 91, renowned solar scientist Eugene Parker is experiencing just that this weekend as NASA launches its Parker Solar Probe, a seven-year, $1.5 billion mission to "touch the sun."

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Parker, now retired from the University of Chicago, spent his career trying to understand the sun and the ways it affects the solar system. In 1958, he hypothesized the existence of the solar wind, the constant rush of highly charged particles that constantly streams off the sun. And now, six decades later, a spacecraft that will revolutionize our understanding of the phenomenon is prepared to launch.

Since the mission was named in his honor last year, NASA has offered Parker special behind-the-scenes...
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