Parker Solar Probe transportation time-lapse, November 2017
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Parker Solar Probe transportation. Time-lapse footage of the Parker Solar Probe being transported from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) for further testing in November 2017. Originally called Solar Probe, and then Solar Probe Plus, this mission was renamed in May 2017 after solar astrophysicist Eugene Parker. The mission is being carried out by NASA and JHU's APL. Launched on 12 August 2018, the unmanned probe has sensors to carry out five investigations of the Sun. Using a solar shield for protection, the probe will gradually approach to within 6 million kilometres of the solar surface (photosphere), making its close approaches to the Sun in 2024 and 2025. JHU's APL and NASA's GSFC are both in Maryland, USA.