CAPE CANAVERAL (CBSMiami/CNN) – Instead of shooting for the stars, NASA’s latest mission is heading to the sun.
In a historic collaboration with the European Space Agency, NASA launched a probe from Cape Canaveral on Sunday night.READ MORE: 'When I Finally Got To Be Elvira, That's When My Life Calmed Down': Mistress Of The Dark Peels Back The Curtain
The solar orbiter will study how the sun affects the space environment through the solar system. If successful — the mission will beam back the first-ever images of the sun’s poles.READ MORE: Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Kicks Off Wednesday
The ESA director of science, Günther Hasinger, told NASA “by the end of our solar orbiter mission, we will know more about the hidden force responsible for the sun’s changing behavior and its influence on our home planet than ever before.”
The project has been in development for more than 20 years and has cost $1.5 billion.MORE NEWS: Fight Is On To Save Wild Monkeys Living In Dania Beach
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