PHOTOS The 'hottest' space mission ever

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The 'hottest' space mission ever

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20:31, August 12, 2018

NASA launched a $1.5-billion-dollar spacecraft on a historic mission to the Sun at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday. (Photos: VCG)

The mission of the Parker Solar Probe, launched on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, is to protect the Earth by unveiling the mysteries of dangerous solar storms.

It is protected by an ultra-powerful heat shield that can endure unprecedented levels of heat and radiation 500 times that experienced on Earth.

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