Aboard a Delta Rocket • Earth.com Aboard a Delta Rocket

Last update: December 6th, 2019 at 8:00 am

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, CALIFORNIA.  NASA’s latest Earth observing satellite, Aqua, lifts off from the Western Test Range of Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., aboard a Delta II rocket at 2:55 a.m. PDT. Also Aqua is dedicated to advancing our understanding of Earth’s water cycle and our environment.

Although Launching the Aqua spacecraft marks a major milestone in support of NASA’s mission to help us better understand and protect our planet. Therefore Spacecraft separation occurred at 3:54 a.m. PDT, inserting Aqua into a 438-mile  orbit.

Photo by Bill Ingalls

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