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NASA Launches Earth Orbiting Satellite From Delta 2 Rocket

Question asked by Guneet Khanuja in #Coffee Room on Oct 28, 2011
Guneet Khanuja
Guneet Khanuja · Oct 28, 2011
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After one complete year of delay, the NASA has orbited in space an Earth – observing satellite in the dawn hours of Friday 28th October 2011. The satellite is launched with an aim to improve the quality of weather forecasts and to monitor the climatic changes efficiently.
The NASA satellite was being carried by a Delta 2 rocket, which lifted off the satellite at 3 a.m. on Friday from the central California coast. About an hour after the launch, the satellite was advanced into an orbit about 500 miles above the Earth. A small group of people from the Twitter “family” were called to have a look at the launch of the satellite from the Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The satellite is all ready to collect information about the atmosphere, oceans and land along with the task force satellites already orbiting round the Earth. Even though the size of the satellite is small, it carries four new advanced instruments and gadgets so as to record the observations with precision and accuracy. As per Tim Dunn, a launch director for NASA, the weather at the time of satellite launch was perfect with clear skies and negligible winds. Thus the satellite launch has been perfect and there is a mood of celebration at the NASA right now. With the advent of this satellite the scientists aim to receive data that would improve the forecasts of hurricane and other tremendous weather conditions. Thus there will be a better perception of climatic changes in the long run.

In course of time NASA aims to replace some satellites that are orbiting round the Earth could they have aged. Under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the NASA is developing new satellites to bridge between the current group of satellites and the new ones. This satellite is built by the Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colo., and is estimated that it would orbit the Earth for around 5 years.

Source: Yahoo News Posted in: #Coffee Room

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