Friday, October 28, 2011

NASA's NPP Polar Satellite Achieves Orbit

The Associated Press has reporting that NASA's NPP weather satellite launched early this morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base atop a Delta II rocket has achieved orbit.

FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: After a years-long delay, an Earth-observing satellite blasted into space early Friday from the central California coast on a dual mission to improve weather forecasts and monitor climate change.

A Delta II rocket carrying the NASA satellite lifted off shortly before 6 a.m. EDT from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The satellite was deployed into an orbit 500 miles above Earth about an hour after launch.

The satellite joins a fleet already circling the planet, collecting information about the atmosphere, oceans and land. The latest — about the size of a small SUV — is more advanced. It carries four new instruments capable of making more precise observations.

Tim Dunn, a launch director for NASA, said in streaming commentary on the agency's website that the flight "went terrific" and there "is a lot of celebration in control room right now."

TO READ MORE ABOUT THE LAUNCH CLICK HERE

TO READ MORE ABOUT THE NPP MISSION CLICK HERE

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