Last-minute technical problem delays NASA’s flight to sun

Parker Solar Probe will travel through the Sun's atmosphere, closer to the surface than any spacecraft before it. (Bill Ingalls/NASA/Reuters)
Updated 13 August 2018
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Last-minute technical problem delays NASA’s flight to sun

  • The $1.5 million mission is already a week late because of rocket issues
  • Thousands of spectators gathered in the middle of the night to witness the launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla: A last-minute technical problem has delayed NASA’s unprecedented flight to the sun.
Saturday’s launch countdown was halted with just one-minute, 55 seconds remaining, keeping the Delta IV (four) rocket at Cape Canaveral, Florida, with the Parker Solar Probe. This followed earlier trouble in the countdown.
NASA says it will try again Sunday.
Once on its way, the Parker probe will venture closer to our star than any other spacecraft. The $1.5 million mission is already a week late because of rocket issues.
Thousands of spectators gathered in the middle of the night to witness the launch, including the University of Chicago astrophysicist for whom the spacecraft is named. Eugene Parker predicted the existence of solar wind 60 years ago. He’s now 91 and eager to see the solar probe soar.


The Six: Fashion highlights from the El Gouna Film Festival

The second annual El Gouna Film Festival. (AFP)
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The Six: Fashion highlights from the El Gouna Film Festival

  • Stars took to the red carpet in beautiful looks
  • Read on for a round up of our six favorite looks from the glamorous event

DUBAI: Stars from across the world have been posing for the cameras on the red carpet at the El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt. Here, we round up our six favorite looks from the glamorous event.


Elisa Sednaoui

Egyptian Italian model and actress dressed in a custom made Arwa Al Banawi teel velvet dress on the red carpet for the premier of “Weldi” at the festival.


Patrick Dempsey

International actor Patrick Dempsey wore a dapper tux as he arrived for the screening of “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” at the festival.


Arwa Gouda

Egyptian actress poses on the red carpet at the premiere of Egyptian film “Yomeddine” in a gold and black Miriam Nazmy Design dress.


Saba Mubarak

Jordanian actress walks the red carpet in a Zeina Nabulsi blue fitted dress. With a sweetheart neckline and intricate detailing, definitely an eye catcher on the carpet.


Dorra Zarrouk

Tunisian actress poses on the red carpet in a bright emerald green dress from unmatchedonline for the premiere of “Yomeddine” at the festival.


Shahira Fahmy

Egyptian actress shined in an Elie Saab suit for the premiere of “Yomeddine” at the festival. With natural curls and minimal makeup, the suit spoke for itself.