A rocket carrying a new weather satellite was launched successfully from Vandenberg Air Force Base early Saturday, with plans to put the satellite in a polar orbit to help improve forecasting and hurricane tracking.
The Delta II rocket carrying the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, the first in a new series of polar-orbiting satellites, took off from Space Launch Complex 2 at 1:47 a.m., according to NASA.
About 63 minutes after liftoff, the JPSS-1 had deployed its solar arrays and was operating on its own power, NASA reported, adding that the satellite will become operational in three months, after its instruments have been...
Kennedy Space Center - The Rocket Garden at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex at first light.(red huber/orlando sentinel) ORG XMIT: 9578