Monday, December 14, 2009

NASA Observatory Headed Toward Orbit

A Delta II rocket blasted off at 9:09 a.m. EST from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, hauling up a NASA science observatory that will study the faintest and brightest objects in the universe.

The first stage performance of the rocket went as expected, and no technical problems have been reported in flight. NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer is to be deployed about 10:04 a.m. EST.

You can watch the mission unfold right here in The Flame Trench. Simply click the NASA TV box on the right side of the page to launch our NASA TV viewer.

Check out the uphill timeline of events in this United Launch Alliance Mission Booklet.

There also is a lot of good information in this NASA Press Kit.

All the basics are here in this NASA Fact Sheet.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Used to live near Vandenberg AFB, those rockets going off would shake the house.