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Last update: August 21st, 2019 at 8:00 am

With the transport canister removed, NASA’s CALIPSO/CloudSat spacecraft are mated to the Boeing Delta II second stage in the mobile service tower on Space Launch Complex 2. Launch of the dual spacecraft is scheduled for April 21. CALIPSO stands for Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation. It will fly in combination with the CloudSat satellite to provide never-before-seen 3-D perspectives of how clouds and aerosols form, evolve, and affect weather and climate. CALIPSO and CloudSat will join three other satellites in orbit to enhance understanding of climate systems.

Credit: NASA

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