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Last update: December 10th, 2019 at 8:00 am

Technicians prepare to move NASA’s CloudSat spacecraft for mating to a Delta payload attach fitting in a clean room at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. CALIPSO stands for Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation. CALIPSO and CloudSat are highly complementary satellites and will be launched together. They 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. PDT Sept. 29.

Credit: NASA

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