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Dr. Robert Goddard

Dr. Robert Goddard

Description: (c. 1932) The Goddard Space Flight Center was named in honor of Dr. Robert Goddard, a pioneer in rocket development. Dr. Goddard received patents for a multi-stage rocket and liquid propellants in ... more

Boosters - Space Shuttle Projects

Boosters - Space Shuttle Projects

This image illustrates the solid rocket motor (SRM)/solid rocket booster (SRB) configuration. The Shuttle's two SRB's are the largest solids ever built and the first designed for refurbishment and reuse. Standi... more

A technician works on a Minuteman laser-guided missile 30 rocket motor

A technician works on a Minuteman laser-guided missile 30 rocket motor

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Vandenberg Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Afsc Release Status: Released to... more

Space Shuttle Projects

Space Shuttle Projects

The Space Shuttle Challenger, making its fourth space flight, highlights the 41B insignia. The reusable vehicle is flanked in the oval by an illustration of a Payload Assist Module-D solid rocket motor (PAM-D)... more

Components of the Soviet Sagger AT-3 anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) system on display. From, left to right, a cutaway Sagger missile, a complete Sagger missile with fins extended, a Sagger carrying case containing a warhead and rocket motor, the top half of a carrying case with a missile on its launch rail, and a joystick control unit

Components of the Soviet Sagger AT-3 anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) sy...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Solid Rocket Booster - Space Shuttle Projects

Solid Rocket Booster - Space Shuttle Projects

This photograph is a long shot view of a full scale solid rocket motor (SRM) for the solid rocket booster (SRB) being test fired at Morton Thiokol's Wasatch Operations in Utah. The twin boosters provide the maj... more

Space Shuttle Projects

Space Shuttle Projects

A forward segment is being lowered into the Transient Pressure Test Article (TPTA) test stand at thw Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) east test area. The TPTA test stand, 14-feet wide, 27-feet long, and 33-f... more

Space Shuttle Projects

Space Shuttle Projects

A forward segment is being lowered into the Transient Pressure Test Article (TPTA) test stand at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) east test area. The TPTA test stand, 14-feet wide, 27-feet long, and 33-f... more

Technicians in Rocket Motor Test Cell J-4 at the Arnold Engineering Development Center prepare a rocket motor for test firing under simulated in-flight conditions

Technicians in Rocket Motor Test Cell J-4 at the Arnold Engineering De...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arnold Air Force Base State: Tennessee (TN) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SMSGT Robert Wickley Release Status: ... more

Space Shuttle Projects

Space Shuttle Projects

The Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) successfully test fired the third in a series of Transient Pressure Test Articles (TPTA) in its east test area. The test article was a short-stack solid rocket motor 52-f... more

STS-26 Discovery, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 103, IUS / TDRS-C deployment

STS-26 Discovery, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 103, IUS / TDRS-C deployment

STS026-31-071 (3 Oct 1988) --- After deployment from Discovery, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 103, the inertial upper stage (IUS) with the tracking and data relay satellite C (TDRS-C) drifts above the cloud-covered Eart... more

A left side view of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 1 (VF-1) in flight.  The aircraft has just released an AIM-54C Phoenix air-to-air missile from its left outboard wing pylon.  The missile's rocket motor has not yet ignited

A left side view of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 1 (...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: LCDR Art Legare, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined ... more

Space Shuttle Projects

Space Shuttle Projects

The Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) engineers test fired a 26-foot long, 100,000-pound-thrust solid rocket motor for 30 seconds at the MSFC east test area, the first test firing of the Modified NASA Motor (... more

A rocket motor scheduled for destruction arrives packed in a crate on a flatbed trailer

A rocket motor scheduled for destruction arrives packed in a crate on ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pease Air Force Base State: New Hampshire (NH) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT David Ahlschwede Release Statu... more

Two members of an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team place a line of plastic explosives along the length of a rocket motor that is to be destroyed

Two members of an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team place a line ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pease Air Force Base State: New Hampshire (NH) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT David Ahlschwede Release Statu... more

A crane is used to lower a rocket motor into a sand pit, where the motor will be destroyed

A crane is used to lower a rocket motor into a sand pit, where the mot...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pease Air Force Base State: New Hampshire (NH) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT David Ahlschwede Release Statu... more

Two large sections of a rocket motor lie in a pit after the detonation of an explosive charge that had been placed on the motor

Two large sections of a rocket motor lie in a pit after the detonation...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pease Air Force Base State: New Hampshire (NH) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT David Ahlschwede Release Statu... more

Space Shuttle Projects

Space Shuttle Projects

This photograph shows the Solid Propellant Test Article (SPTA) test stand with the Modified Nasa Motor (M-NASA) test article at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). The SPTA test stand, 12-feet wide by 12-f... more

S49-36-027 - STS-049 - Pre INTELSAT capture scenes of the payload bay showing the new rocket motor.

S49-36-027 - STS-049 - Pre INTELSAT capture scenes of the payload bay ...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Pre INTELSAT capture scenes of the payload bay showing the new rocket motor. Scenes show the new rocket motor still in its payload bay cradle. Subject ... more

S49-51-033 - STS-049 - Payload bay, Assembly of Station by EVA Methods (ASEM) associated EVA.

S49-51-033 - STS-049 - Payload bay, Assembly of Station by EVA Methods...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Payload bay, Assembly of Station by EVA Methods (ASEM) associated EVA by Mission Specialist Rick Hieb - no red stripe. Photo was taken post INTELSAT cap... more

S49-37-003 - STS-049 - Pre INTELSAT capture view of the payload bay showing the new rocket motor.

S49-37-003 - STS-049 - Pre INTELSAT capture view of the payload bay sh...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Pre INTELSAT capture view of the payload bay showing the new rocket motor still in its cradle. Subject Terms: STS-49, PAYLOAD BAY, ONBOARD ACTIVITIES ... more

S49-37-002 - STS-049 - Pre INTELSAT capture view of the payload bay showing the new rocket motor.

S49-37-002 - STS-049 - Pre INTELSAT capture view of the payload bay sh...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Pre INTELSAT capture view of the payload bay showing the new rocket motor still in its cradle. Subject Terms: STS-49, PAYLOAD BAY, ONBOARD ACTIVITIES ... more

S49-51-034 - STS-049 - Payload bay, Assembly of Station by EVA Methods (ASEM) associated EVA.

S49-51-034 - STS-049 - Payload bay, Assembly of Station by EVA Methods...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Payload bay, Assembly of Station by EVA Methods (ASEM) associated EVA by Mission Specialist Rick Hieb - no red stripe. Photo was taken post INTELSAT cap... more

S49-36-026 - STS-049 - Pre INTELSAT capture scenes of the payload bay showing the new rocket motor.

S49-36-026 - STS-049 - Pre INTELSAT capture scenes of the payload bay ...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Pre INTELSAT capture scenes of the payload bay showing the new rocket motor. Scenes show the new rocket motor still in its payload bay cradle. Subject ... more

S49-37-001 - STS-049 - Pre INTELSAT capture view of the payload bay showing the new rocket motor.

S49-37-001 - STS-049 - Pre INTELSAT capture view of the payload bay sh...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Pre INTELSAT capture view of the payload bay showing the new rocket motor still in its cradle. Subject Terms: STS-49, PAYLOAD BAY, ONBOARD ACTIVITIES ... more

S49-51-032 - STS-049 - Payload bay, Assembly of Station by EVA Methods (ASEM) associated EVA.

S49-51-032 - STS-049 - Payload bay, Assembly of Station by EVA Methods...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Payload bay, Assembly of Station by EVA Methods (ASEM) associated EVA by Mission Specialist Rick Hieb - no red stripe. Photo was taken post INTELSAT cap... more

S49-51-035 - STS-049 - Payload bay, Assembly of Station by EVA Methods (ASEM) associated EVA.

S49-51-035 - STS-049 - Payload bay, Assembly of Station by EVA Methods...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Payload bay, Assembly of Station by EVA Methods (ASEM) associated EVA by Mission Specialist Rick Hieb - no red stripe. Photo was taken post INTELSAT cap... more

S49-51-031 - STS-049 - Payload bay, Assembly of Station by EVA Methods (ASEM) associated EVA.

S49-51-031 - STS-049 - Payload bay, Assembly of Station by EVA Methods...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Payload bay, Assembly of Station by EVA Methods (ASEM) associated EVA by Mission Specialist Rick Hieb - no red stripe. Photo was taken post INTELSAT cap... more

Around Marshall

Around Marshall

The dart and associated launching system was developed by engineers at MSFC to collect a sample of the aluminum oxide particles during the static fire testing of the Shuttle's solid rocket motor. The dart is la... more

Solid Rocket Booster - Space Shuttle Projects

Solid Rocket Booster - Space Shuttle Projects

The same rocket fuel that helps power the Space Shuttle as it thunders into orbit will now be taking on a new role, with the potential to benefit millions of people worldwide. Leftover rocket fuel from NASA is ... more

US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Anthony Cutierrez, a missile maintainer, practices cooling down a rocket motor with a fire support supression system at the Utah Test and Training Range in Oasis, Utah. This image was used in the April 2000 AIRMAN Magazine article "Home, Home on the Range"

US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Anthony Cutierrez, a missile maintainer, pr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Oasis State: Utah (UT) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Gary Coppage, USAF Release Status: Released to Public... more

U.S. Air Force MASTER SGT. Kevin Johnson guides STAFF SGT. Brandon Koebbe as he operates a John Deere 544E loader to move a rocket motor inside a disposal pit outside Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq, on April 2, 2005. Both are explosives ordnance disposal technicians from the 506th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron. (U.S. Air Force PHOTO by STAFF SGT. Matthew Lohr) (Released)

U.S. Air Force MASTER SGT. Kevin Johnson guides STAFF SGT. Brandon Koe...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kirkuk Air Base Country: Iraq (IRQ) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Matthew Lohr, USAF Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service D... more

U.S. Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN James Fitzgerald (foreground) laces C-4 plastic explosives to a rocket motor inside at disposal pit while MASTER SGT. Kevin Johnson (back) marshals STAFF SGT. Brandon Koebbe while he operates a forklift during disposal of munitions outside Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq, on April 2, 2005. The Airmen are all explosives ordnance disposal technicians from the 506th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron. (U.S. Air Force PHOTO by STAFF SGT. Matthew Lohr) (Released)

U.S. Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN James Fitzgerald (foreground) laces C-4 p...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kirkuk Air Base Country: Iraq (IRQ) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Matthew Lohr, USAF Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service D... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   The locomotive and rail cars carrying solid rocket booster motor segments and two aft exit cone segments roll past the Vehicle Assembly Building to the Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility (RPSF) in Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39 Area.  The RPSF is used for solid rocket motor receiving, rotation and inspection, and supports aft booster buildup.  When live solid rocket motor segments arrive at the processing facility, they  are positioned under one of the cranes. Handling slings are then attached to and remove the railcar cover. The segment is inspected while it remains horizontal.  The two overhead cranes hoist the segment, rotate it to a vertical position and place it on a fixed stand. The aft handling ring is then removed. The segment is hoisted again and lowered onto a transportation and storage pallet, and the forward handling ring is removed to allow inspections. It is then transported to one of the surge buildings and temporarily stored until it is needed for booster stacking in the VAB.  While enroute, solid rocket motor segments were involved in a derailment in Alabama.  The rail cars carrying these segments remained upright and were undamaged.  An inspection determined these segment cars could continue on to Florida.  The segments themselves will undergo further evaluation at Kennedy before they are cleared for flight.  Other segments involved in the derailment will be returned to a plant in Utah for further evaluation.  Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-07pd1208

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The locomotive and rail cars carrying ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The locomotive and rail cars carrying solid rocket booster motor segments and two aft exit cone segments roll past the Vehicle Assembly Building to the Rotation, Processing and S... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --    The locomotive and rail cars carrying solid rocket booster motor segments and two aft exit cone segments roll to the Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility in Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39 Area.  The main facility is used for solid rocket motor receiving, rotation and inspection, and supports aft booster buildup.  When live solid rocket motor segments arrive at the processing facility, they  are positioned under one of the cranes. Handling slings are then attached to and remove the railcar cover. The segment is inspected while it remains horizontal.  The two overhead cranes hoist the segment, rotate it to a vertical position and place it on a fixed stand. The aft handling ring is then removed. The segment is hoisted again and lowered onto a transportation and storage pallet, and the forward handling ring is removed to allow inspections. It is then transported to one of the surge buildings and temporarily stored until it is needed for booster stacking in the VAB.  While enroute, solid rocket motor segments were involved in a derailment in Alabama.  The rail cars carrying these segments remained upright and were undamaged.  An inspection determined these segment cars could continue on to Florida.  The segments themselves will undergo further evaluation at Kennedy before they are cleared for flight.  Other segments involved in the derailment will be returned to a plant in Utah for further evaluation.  Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-07pd1206

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The locomotive and rail cars carrying...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The locomotive and rail cars carrying solid rocket booster motor segments and two aft exit cone segments roll to the Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility in Kennedy Space Cen... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   The locomotive and rail cars carrying solid rocket booster motor segments and two aft exit cone segments deliver their cargo to the Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility (RPSF) in Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39 Area.  The RPSF is used for solid rocket motor receiving, rotation and inspection, and supports aft booster buildup.  When live solid rocket motor segments arrive at the processing facility, they  are positioned under one of the cranes. Handling slings are then attached to and remove the railcar cover. The segment is inspected while it remains horizontal.  The two overhead cranes hoist the segment, rotate it to a vertical position and place it on a fixed stand. The aft handling ring is then removed. The segment is hoisted again and lowered onto a transportation and storage pallet, and the forward handling ring is removed to allow inspections. It is then transported to one of the surge buildings and temporarily stored until it is needed for booster stacking in the VAB.  While enroute, solid rocket motor segments were involved in a derailment in Alabama.  The rail cars carrying these segments remained upright and were undamaged.  An inspection determined these segment cars could continue on to Florida.  The segments themselves will undergo further evaluation at Kennedy before they are cleared for flight.  Other segments involved in the derailment will be returned to a plant in Utah for further evaluation.  Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-07pd1210

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The locomotive and rail cars carrying ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The locomotive and rail cars carrying solid rocket booster motor segments and two aft exit cone segments deliver their cargo to the Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility (RPSF)... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   The final rail car carrying solid rocket booster motor segments moves its cargo into the Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility (RPSF) in Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39 Area. The RPSF is used for solid rocket motor receiving, rotation and inspection, and supports aft booster buildup.  When live solid rocket motor segments arrive at the processing facility, they  are positioned under one of the cranes. Handling slings are then attached to and remove the railcar cover. The segment is inspected while it remains horizontal.  The two overhead cranes hoist the segment, rotate it to a vertical position and place it on a fixed stand. The aft handling ring is then removed. The segment is hoisted again and lowered onto a transportation and storage pallet, and the forward handling ring is removed to allow inspections. It is then transported to one of the surge buildings and temporarily stored until it is needed for booster stacking in the VAB.  While enroute, solid rocket motor segments were involved in a derailment in Alabama.  The rail cars carrying these segments remained upright and were undamaged.  An inspection determined these segment cars could continue on to Florida.  The segments themselves will undergo further evaluation at Kennedy before they are cleared for flight.  Other segments involved in the derailment will be returned to a plant in Utah for further evaluation.  Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-07pd1211

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The final rail car carrying solid rock...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The final rail car carrying solid rocket booster motor segments moves its cargo into the Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility (RPSF) in Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 3... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   The locomotive and rail cars carrying solid rocket booster motor segments and two aft exit cone segments roll to the Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility (RPSF) in Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39 Area.  In the background, at left, is the Vehicle Assembly Building.  The RPSF is used for solid rocket motor receiving, rotation and inspection, and supports aft booster buildup.  When live solid rocket motor segments arrive at the processing facility, they  are positioned under one of the cranes. Handling slings are then attached to and remove the railcar cover. The segment is inspected while it remains horizontal.  The two overhead cranes hoist the segment, rotate it to a vertical position and place it on a fixed stand. The aft handling ring is then removed. The segment is hoisted again and lowered onto a transportation and storage pallet, and the forward handling ring is removed to allow inspections. It is then transported to one of the surge buildings and temporarily stored until it is needed for booster stacking in the VAB.  While enroute, solid rocket motor segments were involved in a derailment in Alabama.  The rail cars carrying these segments remained upright and were undamaged.  An inspection determined these segment cars could continue on to Florida.  The segments themselves will undergo further evaluation at Kennedy before they are cleared for flight.  Other segments involved in the derailment will be returned to a plant in Utah for further evaluation.  Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-07pd1207

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The locomotive and rail cars carrying ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The locomotive and rail cars carrying solid rocket booster motor segments and two aft exit cone segments roll to the Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility (RPSF) in Kennedy Spa... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. ---   The first solid rocket motor arrives at Pad 17-B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for mating with the Delta II rocket (background) to launch NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST, spacecraft.  A series of nine strap-on solid rocket motors will help power the first stage.The GLAST is a powerful space observatory that will explore the Universe's ultimate frontier, where nature harnesses forces and energies far beyond anything possible on Earth;  probe some of science's deepest questions, such as what our Universe is made of, and search for new laws of physics; explain how black holes accelerate jets of material to nearly light speed; and help crack the mystery of stupendously powerful explosions known as gamma-ray bursts.  Launch is currently planned for May 16 from Pad 17-B.   Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-08pd0851

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. --- The first solid rocket motor arrives at Pad...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. --- The first solid rocket motor arrives at Pad 17-B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for mating with the Delta II rocket (background) to launch NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Teles... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. ---   The first solid rocket motor arrives at Pad 17-B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for mating with the Delta II rocket to launch NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST, spacecraft.  A series of nine strap-on solid rocket motors will help power the first stage. The GLAST is a powerful space observatory that will explore the Universe's ultimate frontier, where nature harnesses forces and energies far beyond anything possible on Earth;  probe some of science's deepest questions, such as what our Universe is made of, and search for new laws of physics; explain how black holes accelerate jets of material to nearly light speed; and help crack the mystery of stupendously powerful explosions known as gamma-ray bursts.  Launch is currently planned for May 16 from Pad 17-B.   Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-08pd0849

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. --- The first solid rocket motor arrives at Pad...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. --- The first solid rocket motor arrives at Pad 17-B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for mating with the Delta II rocket to launch NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAS... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --  On Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the second solid rocket motor, or SRM, is moved into place alongside the Delta II first stage.  The Delta II is the launch vehicle for the OSTM/Jason-2 spacecraft.  The OSTM, or Ocean Topography Mission, on the Jason-2 satellite is a follow-on to Jason-1. It will take oceanographic studies of sea surface height into an operational mode for continued climate forecasting research and science and industrial applications.  This satellite altimetry data will help determine ocean circulation, climate change and sea-level rise. OSTM is a joint effort by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales and the European Meteorological Satellite Organisation. OSTM/Jason-2 will be launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II 7320 from Vandenberg on June 15.  Photo credit: NASA/Dan Liberotti KSC-08pd1340

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On Space Launch Complex 2 at Van...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the second solid rocket motor, or SRM, is moved into place alongside the Delta II first stage. The De... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --  The first solid rocket motor, or SRM, to arrive on Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is moved into place for lifting into the mobile service tower.  The SRM will be attached to the Delta II first stage inside the tower.  The Delta II is the launch vehicle for the OSTM/Jason-2 spacecraft. The OSTM, or Ocean Topography Mission, on the Jason-2 satellite is a follow-on to Jason-1. It will take oceanographic studies of sea surface height into an operational mode for continued climate forecasting research and science and industrial applications.  This satellite altimetry data will help determine ocean circulation, climate change and sea-level rise. OSTM is a joint effort by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales and the European Meteorological Satellite Organisation. OSTM/Jason-2 will be launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II 7320 from Vandenberg on June 15.  Photo credit: NASA/Dan Liberotti KSC-08pd1330

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The first solid rocket motor, or...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The first solid rocket motor, or SRM, to arrive on Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is moved into place for lifting into the mobile service... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --   A second solid rocket motor, or SRM, to arrive on Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is moved into place for lifting into the mobile service tower.  The SRM will be attached to the Delta II first stage inside the tower.  The Delta II is the launch vehicle for the OSTM/Jason-2 spacecraft.  The OSTM, or Ocean Topography Mission, on the Jason-2 satellite is a follow-on to Jason-1. It will take oceanographic studies of sea surface height into an operational mode for continued climate forecasting research and science and industrial applications.  This satellite altimetry data will help determine ocean circulation, climate change and sea-level rise. OSTM is a joint effort by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales and the European Meteorological Satellite Organisation. OSTM/Jason-2 will be launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II 7320 from Vandenberg on June 15.  Photo credit: NASA/Dan Liberotti KSC-08pd1335

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A second solid rocket motor, or...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A second solid rocket motor, or SRM, to arrive on Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is moved into place for lifting into the mobile service... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a solid rocket motor, or SRM, is raised from its transporter.  The SRM will be lifted into the mobile service tower and attached to the Delta II first stage inside the tower.  The Delta II is the launch vehicle for the OSTM/Jason-2 spacecraft.  The OSTM, or Ocean Topography Mission, on the Jason-2 satellite is a follow-on to Jason-1. It will take oceanographic studies of sea surface height into an operational mode for continued climate forecasting research and science and industrial applications.  This satellite altimetry data will help determine ocean circulation, climate change and sea-level rise. OSTM is a joint effort by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales and the European Meteorological Satellite Organisation. OSTM/Jason-2 will be launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II 7320 from Vandenberg on June 15.  Photo credit: NASA/Dan Liberotti KSC-08pd1331

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On Space Launch Complex 2 at Vand...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a solid rocket motor, or SRM, is raised from its transporter. The SRM will be lifted into the mobile s... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The first solid rocket motor arrives on Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.  It will be attached to the Delta II first stage inside the mobile service tower.  The Delta II is the launch vehicle for the OSTM/Jason-2 spacecraft. The OSTM, or Ocean Topography Mission, on the Jason-2 satellite is a follow-on to Jason-1. It will take oceanographic studies of sea surface height into an operational mode for continued climate forecasting research and science and industrial applications.  This satellite altimetry data will help determine ocean circulation, climate change and sea-level rise. OSTM is a joint effort by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales and the European Meteorological Satellite Organisation. OSTM/Jason-2 will be launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II 7320 from Vandenberg on June 15.  Photo credit: NASA/Dan Liberotti KSC-08pd1329

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The first solid rocket motor arri...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The first solid rocket motor arrives on Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It will be attached to the Delta II first stage inside the mobile... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --  On Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the second solid rocket motor, or SRM, is raised from its transporter. The SRM will be lifted into the mobile service tower and attached to the Delta II first stage inside the tower.  The Delta II is the launch vehicle for the OSTM/Jason-2 spacecraft.  The OSTM, or Ocean Topography Mission, on the Jason-2 satellite is a follow-on to Jason-1. It will take oceanographic studies of sea surface height into an operational mode for continued climate forecasting research and science and industrial applications.  This satellite altimetry data will help determine ocean circulation, climate change and sea-level rise. OSTM is a joint effort by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales and the European Meteorological Satellite Organisation. OSTM/Jason-2 will be launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II 7320 from Vandenberg on June 15.  Photo credit: NASA/Dan Liberotti KSC-08pd1336

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On Space Launch Complex 2 at Van...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the second solid rocket motor, or SRM, is raised from its transporter. The SRM will be lifted into the... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --   On Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the second solid rocket motor, or SRM, is suspended in front of the mobile service tower.  The SRM will be lifted into the tower and attached to the Delta II first stage inside.  The Delta II is the launch vehicle for the OSTM/Jason-2 spacecraft.  The OSTM, or Ocean Topography Mission, on the Jason-2 satellite is a follow-on to Jason-1. It will take oceanographic studies of sea surface height into an operational mode for continued climate forecasting research and science and industrial applications.  This satellite altimetry data will help determine ocean circulation, climate change and sea-level rise. OSTM is a joint effort by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales and the European Meteorological Satellite Organisation. OSTM/Jason-2 will be launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II 7320 from Vandenberg on June 15.  Photo credit: NASA/Dan Liberotti KSC-08pd1338

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On Space Launch Complex 2 at Va...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the second solid rocket motor, or SRM, is suspended in front of the mobile service tower. The SRM wi... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --  On Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, workers aid the movement of the solid rocket motor, or SRM, into the mobile service tower.  The SRM will be attached to the Delta II first stage inside the tower.  The Delta II is the launch vehicle for the OSTM/Jason-2 spacecraft.  The OSTM, or Ocean Topography Mission, on the Jason-2 satellite is a follow-on to Jason-1. It will take oceanographic studies of sea surface height into an operational mode for continued climate forecasting research and science and industrial applications.  This satellite altimetry data will help determine ocean circulation, climate change and sea-level rise. OSTM is a joint effort by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales and the European Meteorological Satellite Organisation. OSTM/Jason-2 will be launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II 7320 from Vandenberg on June 15.  Photo credit: NASA/Dan Liberotti KSC-08pd1339

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On Space Launch Complex 2 at Van...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, workers aid the movement of the solid rocket motor, or SRM, into the mobile service tower. The SRM wi... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a solid rocket motor, or SRM, is lifted alongside the mobile service tower.  The SRM will be moved inside the tower and attached to the Delta II first stage, which is the launch vehicle for the OSTM/Jason-2 spacecraft.  The OSTM, or Ocean Topography Mission, on the Jason-2 satellite is a follow-on to Jason-1. It will take oceanographic studies of sea surface height into an operational mode for continued climate forecasting research and science and industrial applications.  This satellite altimetry data will help determine ocean circulation, climate change and sea-level rise. OSTM is a joint effort by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales and the European Meteorological Satellite Organisation. OSTM/Jason-2 will be launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II 7320 from Vandenberg on June 15.  Photo credit: NASA/Dan Liberotti KSC-08pd1333

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On Space Launch Complex 2 at Vand...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a solid rocket motor, or SRM, is lifted alongside the mobile service tower. The SRM will be moved insi... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --  On Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the second solid rocket motor, or SRM, is being raised to a vertical position.  Once vertical, the SRM will be lifted into the mobile service tower and attached to the Delta II first stage inside.  The Delta II is the launch vehicle for the OSTM/Jason-2 spacecraft.  The OSTM, or Ocean Topography Mission, on the Jason-2 satellite is a follow-on to Jason-1. It will take oceanographic studies of sea surface height into an operational mode for continued climate forecasting research and science and industrial applications.  This satellite altimetry data will help determine ocean circulation, climate change and sea-level rise. OSTM is a joint effort by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales and the European Meteorological Satellite Organisation. OSTM/Jason-2 will be launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II 7320 from Vandenberg on June 15.  Photo credit: NASA/Dan Liberotti KSC-08pd1337

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On Space Launch Complex 2 at Van...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the second solid rocket motor, or SRM, is being raised to a vertical position. Once vertical, the SRM... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a solid rocket motor, or SRM, is raised from its transporter.  The SRM will be lifted into the mobile service tower and attached to the Delta II first stage inside the tower.  The Delta II is the launch vehicle for the OSTM/Jason-2 spacecraft. The OSTM, or Ocean Topography Mission, on the Jason-2 satellite is a follow-on to Jason-1. It will take oceanographic studies of sea surface height into an operational mode for continued climate forecasting research and science and industrial applications.  This satellite altimetry data will help determine ocean circulation, climate change and sea-level rise. OSTM is a joint effort by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales and the European Meteorological Satellite Organisation. OSTM/Jason-2 will be launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II 7320 from Vandenberg on June 15.  Photo credit: NASA/Dan Liberotti KSC-08pd1332

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On Space Launch Complex 2 at Vand...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a solid rocket motor, or SRM, is raised from its transporter. The SRM will be lifted into the mobile s... more

POWAY, Calif. – During NASA's Commercial Crew Development Round 1 CCDev1 activities, the rocket motor under development by Sierra Nevada Corp. for its Dream Chaser spacecraft successfully fires at the company's rocket test facility located near San Diego. NASA team members reviewed the motor's system and then watched it fire three times in one day, including one firing under vacuum ignition conditions. The tests, which simulated a complete nominal mission profile, demonstrated the multiple restart capability of Sierra Nevada's hybrid rocket. Two of the company's designed and developed hybrid rocket motors will be used as the main propulsion system on the Dream Chaser after launching aboard an Atlas V rocket. Dream Chaser is one of five systems NASA invested in during CCDev1 in order to aid in the innovation and development of American-led commercial capabilities for crew transportation and rescue services to and from the International Space Station and other low Earth orbit destinations. In 2011, NASA's Commercial Crew Program CCP entered into another funded Space Act Agreement with Sierra Nevada for the second round of commercial crew development CCDev2) so the company could further develop its Dream Chaser spacecraft for NASA transportation services. For information about CCP, visit www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew. Photo credit: Sierra Nevada Corp. KSC-2012-1013

POWAY, Calif. – During NASA's Commercial Crew Development Round 1 CCDe...

POWAY, Calif. – During NASA's Commercial Crew Development Round 1 CCDev1 activities, the rocket motor under development by Sierra Nevada Corp. for its Dream Chaser spacecraft successfully fires at the company's... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers using an overhead crane lift a solid rocket motor into the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It then will be attached to the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad.          NASA's Juno spacecraft is scheduled to launch aboard an Atlas V from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Aug. 5.The solar-powered spacecraft will orbit Jupiter's poles 33 times to find out more about the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere and investigate the existence of a solid planetary core. For more information visit: www.nasa.gov/juno. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2011-4745

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers using an overhead crane lift a solid rocket motor into the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It then will be att... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers using an overhead crane lift a solid rocket motor into the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It then will be attached to the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad.          NASA's Juno spacecraft is scheduled to launch aboard an Atlas V from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Aug. 5.The solar-powered spacecraft will orbit Jupiter's poles 33 times to find out more about the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere and investigate the existence of a solid planetary core. For more information visit: www.nasa.gov/juno. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2011-4747

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers using an overhead crane lift a solid rocket motor into the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It then will be att... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers using an overhead crane lift a solid rocket motor into the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It then will be attached to the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad.          NASA's Juno spacecraft is scheduled to launch aboard an Atlas V from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Aug. 5.The solar-powered spacecraft will orbit Jupiter's poles 33 times to find out more about the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere and investigate the existence of a solid planetary core. For more information visit: www.nasa.gov/juno. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2011-4743

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers using an overhead crane lift a solid rocket motor into the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It then will be att... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers using an overhead crane lift a solid rocket motor into the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It then will be attached to the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad.          NASA's Juno spacecraft is scheduled to launch aboard an Atlas V from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Aug. 5.The solar-powered spacecraft will orbit Jupiter's poles 33 times to find out more about the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere and investigate the existence of a solid planetary core. For more information visit: www.nasa.gov/juno. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2011-4748

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers using an overhead crane lift a solid rocket motor into the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It then will be att... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers using an overhead crane lift a solid rocket motor into the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It then will be attached to the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad.          NASA's Juno spacecraft is scheduled to launch aboard an Atlas V from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Aug. 5.The solar-powered spacecraft will orbit Jupiter's poles 33 times to find out more about the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere and investigate the existence of a solid planetary core. For more information visit: www.nasa.gov/juno. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2011-4746

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers using an overhead crane lift a solid rocket motor into the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It then will be att... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers using an overhead crane lift a solid rocket motor into the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It then will be attached to the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad.          NASA's Juno spacecraft is scheduled to launch aboard an Atlas V from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Aug. 5.The solar-powered spacecraft will orbit Jupiter's poles 33 times to find out more about the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere and investigate the existence of a solid planetary core. For more information visit: www.nasa.gov/juno. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2011-4749

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers using an overhead crane lift a solid rocket motor into the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It then will be att... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers deliver a solid rocket motor to the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It then will be lifted into position and attached to the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad.              NASA's Juno spacecraft is scheduled to launch aboard an Atlas V from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Aug. 5.The solar-powered spacecraft will orbit Jupiter's poles 33 times to find out more about the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere and investigate the existence of a solid planetary core. For more information visit: www.nasa.gov/juno. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2011-4738

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers deliver a solid rocket motor to the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It then will be lifted into position and a... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers prepare a solid rocket motor for lifting into the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It then will be attached to the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad.            NASA's Juno spacecraft is scheduled to launch aboard an Atlas V from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Aug. 5.The solar-powered spacecraft will orbit Jupiter's poles 33 times to find out more about the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere and investigate the existence of a solid planetary core. For more information visit: www.nasa.gov/juno. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2011-4739

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers prepare a solid rocket motor for lifting into the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It then will be attached to ... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers using an overhead crane guide a solid rocket motor into position in the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It then will be attached to the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad.        NASA's Juno spacecraft is scheduled to launch aboard an Atlas V from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Aug. 5.The solar-powered spacecraft will orbit Jupiter's poles 33 times to find out more about the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere and investigate the existence of a solid planetary core. For more information visit: www.nasa.gov/juno. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2011-4753

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers using an overhead crane guide a solid rocket motor into position in the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It the... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers deliver a solid rocket motor to the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It then will be lifted into position and attached to the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad.              NASA's Juno spacecraft is scheduled to launch aboard an Atlas V from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Aug. 5.The solar-powered spacecraft will orbit Jupiter's poles 33 times to find out more about the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere and investigate the existence of a solid planetary core. For more information visit: www.nasa.gov/juno. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2011-4737

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers deliver a solid rocket motor to the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It then will be lifted into position and a... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers using an overhead crane guide a solid rocket motor into position in the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It then will be attached to the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad.        NASA's Juno spacecraft is scheduled to launch aboard an Atlas V from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Aug. 5.The solar-powered spacecraft will orbit Jupiter's poles 33 times to find out more about the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere and investigate the existence of a solid planetary core. For more information visit: www.nasa.gov/juno. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2011-4754

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers using an overhead crane guide a solid rocket motor into position in the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It the... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers using an overhead crane lift a solid rocket motor into the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It then will be attached to the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad.          NASA's Juno spacecraft is scheduled to launch aboard an Atlas V from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Aug. 5.The solar-powered spacecraft will orbit Jupiter's poles 33 times to find out more about the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere and investigate the existence of a solid planetary core. For more information visit: www.nasa.gov/juno. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2011-4741

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers using an overhead crane lift a solid rocket motor into the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. It then will be att... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a crane is used to lift and position a solid rocket motor for attachment to the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite at NASA's Space Launch Complex-2. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Dan Liberotti KSC-2011-6578

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in C...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a crane is used to lift and position a solid rocket motor for attachment to the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry N... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians monitor the progress as a solid rocket motor is attached to a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket at NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2. The Delta II will carry NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Dan Liberotti KSC-2011-6571

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in C...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians monitor the progress as a solid rocket motor is attached to a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket at NASA’s Space ... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians use a crane to lift a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite at NASA's Space Launch Complex-2. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Dan Liberotti KSC-2011-6576

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in C...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians use a crane to lift a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Pola... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians check the position of a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite at NASA's Space Launch Complex-2. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Dan Liberotti KSC-2011-6570

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in C...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians check the position of a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Po... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a crane is used to lift and position a solid rocket motor for attachment to the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite at NASA's Space Launch Complex-2. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Dan Liberotti KSC-2011-6579

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in C...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a crane is used to lift and position a solid rocket motor for attachment to the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry N... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians use a crane to lift a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite at NASA's Space Launch Complex-2. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Dan Liberotti KSC-2011-6574

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in C...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians use a crane to lift a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Pola... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians use a crane to lift a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite at NASA's Space Launch Complex-2. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Dan Liberotti KSC-2011-6575

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in C...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians use a crane to lift a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Pola... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite is hoisted up at NASA's Space Launch Complex-2. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Dan Liberotti KSC-2011-6567

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in C...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environme... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians monitor the progress as a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite is hoisted up at NASA's Space Launch Complex-2. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Dan Liberotti KSC-2011-6569

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in C...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians monitor the progress as a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National ... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A view from above at NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, as a crane lifts a solid rocket motor into position for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite into space. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Dan Liberotti KSC-2011-6588

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A view from above at NASA’s Space...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A view from above at NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, as a crane lifts a solid rocket motor into position for the United Launch Alli... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A view from above at NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, as a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite into space arrives. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Dan Liberotti KSC-2011-6587

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A view from above at NASA’s Space...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A view from above at NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, as a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carr... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians monitor the progress as a crane lifts a solid rocket motor into position for attachment to the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite at NASA's Space Launch Complex-2. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Dan Liberotti KSC-2011-6586

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in C...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians monitor the progress as a crane lifts a solid rocket motor into position for attachment to the United Launch Alliance... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite into space arrives at NASA's Space Launch Complex-2. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Dan Liberotti KSC-2011-6581

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in C...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environme... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a crane is used to hoist up a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite into space at NASA's Space Launch Complex-2. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Dan Liberotti KSC-2011-6584

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in C...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a crane is used to hoist up a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Polar-or... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite into space arrives at NASA's Space Launch Complex-2. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Dan Liberotti KSC-2011-6582

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in C...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environme... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A view from above at NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, as technicians help position a solid rocket motor for attachment to the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite into space. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Dan Liberotti KSC-2011-6589

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A view from above at NASA’s Space...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A view from above at NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, as technicians help position a solid rocket motor for attachment to the United... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite into space arrives at NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Mark Mackley KSC-2011-6594

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in C...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environme... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a crane lifts a solid rocket motor for attachment to the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. The Delta II will carry NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite into space. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Mark Mackley KSC-2011-6613

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Space Launch Complex-2 at Vand...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a crane lifts a solid rocket motor for attachment to the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. The De... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians monitor the progress as a crane moves a solid rocket motor closer to the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. The Delta II will carry NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite into space. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Mark Mackley KSC-2011-6600

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2 ...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians monitor the progress as a crane moves a solid rocket motor closer to the United Laun... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians monitor the progress as a solid rocket motor is lifted by crane for attachment to the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket is lifted by crane. The Delta II will carry NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite into space. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Mark Mackley KSC-2011-6599

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2 ...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians monitor the progress as a solid rocket motor is lifted by crane for attachment to th... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a crane lifts a solid rocket motor for attachment to the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. The Delta II will carry NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite into space. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Mark Mackley KSC-2011-6612

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Space Launch Complex-2 at Vand...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a crane lifts a solid rocket motor for attachment to the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. The De... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite into space arrives at NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Mark Mackley KSC-2011-6602

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in C...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environme... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians assist as a crane lifts a solid rocket motor closer to the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. The Delta II will carry NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite into space. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Mark Mackley KSC-2011-6607

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2 ...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians assist as a crane lifts a solid rocket motor closer to the United Launch Alliance De... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians assist as a crane is used to position a solid rocket motor for attachment to the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. The Delta II will carry NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite into space. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Mark Mackley KSC-2011-6608

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2 ...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians assist as a crane is used to position a solid rocket motor for attachment to the Uni... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians monitor the progress as a crane lifts a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. The Delta II will carry NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite into space. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Mark Mackley KSC-2011-6614

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Space Launch Complex-2 at Vand...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians monitor the progress as a crane lifts a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance D... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians monitor the progress as a crane positions a solid rocket motor for attachment to the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. The Delta II will carry NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite into space. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Mark Mackley KSC-2011-6616

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Space Launch Complex-2 at Vand...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians monitor the progress as a crane positions a solid rocket motor for attachment to the United... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite into space arrives at NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Mark Mackley KSC-2011-6611

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in C...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environme... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians prepare a solid rocket motor for attachment to the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. A work platform has been placed around the solid rocket motors. The Delta II will carry NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite into space. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Mark Mackley KSC-2011-6617

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Space Launch Complex-2 at Vand...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians prepare a solid rocket motor for attachment to the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. ... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite into space arrives at NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Mark Mackley KSC-2011-6609

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in C...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a solid rocket motor for the United Launch Alliance Delta II that will carry NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environme... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians monitor the progress as a solid rocket motor is lifted for attachment to the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. The Delta II will carry NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite into space. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Mark Mackley KSC-2011-6597

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2 ...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians monitor the progress as a solid rocket motor is lifted for attachment to the United ... more

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians assist as a solid rocket motor is attached to the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. The Delta II will carry NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite into space. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB, Mark Mackley KSC-2011-6610

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Space Launch Complex-2 at Vand...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- At Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians assist as a solid rocket motor is attached to the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. T... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, technicians use a lifting device to elevate a solid rocket motor (SRM) into an upright position for mating to a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket which will carry NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission.     MSL's components include a compact car-sized rover, Curiosity, which has 10 science instruments designed to search for evidence on whether Mars has had environments favorable to microbial life, including chemical ingredients for life.  The unique rover will use a laser to look inside rocks and release its gasses so that the rover’s spectrometer can analyze and send the data back to Earth. MSL is scheduled to launch Nov. 25 with a window extending to Dec. 18 and arrival at Mars Aug. 2012. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/msl. Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2011-6940

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At the Vertical Integration Facility at Space L...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, technicians use a lifting device to elevate a solid rocket motor (SRM) into... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, a crane positions a solid rocket motor (SRM) for mating to the first stage of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The Atlas V will carry NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission into space.    MSL's components include a compact car-sized rover, Curiosity, which has 10 science instruments designed to search for evidence on whether Mars has had environments favorable to microbial life, including chemical ingredients for life.  The unique rover will use a laser to look inside rocks and release its gasses so that the rover’s spectrometer can analyze and send the data back to Earth. MSL is scheduled to launch Nov. 25 with a window extending to Dec. 18 and arrival at Mars Aug. 2012. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/msl. Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2011-6944

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside the Vertical Integration Facility at Spa...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, a crane positions a solid rocket motor (SRM) for mating to the first st... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, a trailer carrying a solid rocket motor (SRM) awaits unloading. The SRM will be mated to a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket being prepared to launch NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission.      MSL's components include a compact car-sized rover, Curiosity, which has 10 science instruments designed to search for evidence on whether Mars has had environments favorable to microbial life, including chemical ingredients for life.  The unique rover will use a laser to look inside rocks and release its gasses so that the rover’s spectrometer can analyze and send the data back to Earth. MSL is scheduled to launch Nov. 25 with a window extending to Dec. 18 and arrival at Mars Aug. 2012. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/msl. Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2011-6935

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At the Vertical Integration Facility at Space ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, a trailer carrying a solid rocket motor (SRM) awaits unloading. The SRM wi... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, a crane lowers a solid rocket motor (SRM) for mating to the first stage of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The Atlas V will carry NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission into space.    MSL's components include a compact car-sized rover, Curiosity, which has 10 science instruments designed to search for evidence on whether Mars has had environments favorable to microbial life, including chemical ingredients for life.  The unique rover will use a laser to look inside rocks and release its gasses so that the rover’s spectrometer can analyze and send the data back to Earth. MSL is scheduled to launch Nov. 25 with a window extending to Dec. 18 and arrival at Mars Aug. 2012. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/msl. Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2011-6949

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside the Vertical Integration Facility at Spa...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, a crane lowers a solid rocket motor (SRM) for mating to the first stage... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, technicians use a lifting device to elevate a solid rocket motor (SRM) into an upright position for mating to a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket which will carry NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission.      MSL's components include a compact car-sized rover, Curiosity, which has 10 science instruments designed to search for evidence on whether Mars has had environments favorable to microbial life, including chemical ingredients for life.  The unique rover will use a laser to look inside rocks and release its gasses so that the rover’s spectrometer can analyze and send the data back to Earth. MSL is scheduled to launch Nov. 25 with a window extending to Dec. 18 and arrival at Mars Aug. 2012. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/msl. Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2011-6941

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At the Vertical Integration Facility at Space L...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, technicians use a lifting device to elevate a solid rocket motor (SRM) into... more