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Last update: August 26th, 2019 at 6:00 am

Workers on NASA Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California are ready to attach a Solid Rocket Booster to the Boeing Delta II rocket. The Delta is the launch vehicle for the CALIPSO/CloudSat spacecraft. CALIPSO stands for Cloud-Aerosol Lidar & Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation. CALIPSO and CloudSat are highly complementary satellites and together will provide never-before-seen 3-D perspectives of how clouds and aerosols form, evolve, and affect weather and climate. CALIPSO and CloudSat will fly in formation with three other satellites in the A-train constellation to enhance understanding of our climate system. Launch of CALIPSO/CloudSat aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket is scheduled for 3:01 a.m. Sept. 29.

Credit: NASA

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