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April 26, 2006

Erica Hupp/Grey Hautaluoma
Headquarters, Washington
(202) 358-1237/0668

Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(321) 867-2468

Alan Buis (CloudSat)
(818) 354-0474

Chris Rink (CALIPSO)
Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.
(757) 864-6786

Weather Again Scrubs NASA's CloudSat and CALIPSO Launch
The launch of NASA's CloudSat and CALIPSO (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations) satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., was scrubbed this morning at 4:24 a.m. EDT due to thick clouds.

Launch has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 27, at 6:02:37 a.m. EDT. Launch commentary on NASA TV starts at 4 a.m. EDT.

The weather is expected to improve for a Thursday morning launch attempt. The current forecast calls for an 80 percent probability of acceptable weather conditions.

Media covering the launch on Thursday should meet at the Vandenberg main gate at 5 a.m. EDT (2 a.m. PDT) for escort to the press site. Media needing accreditation for launch should call Staff Sgt. Allen Puckett at (805) 606-3595 at the 30th Space Wing Public Affairs Office.

A recorded CloudSat and CALIPSO launch status update is available at: (805) 734-2693.


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