Suomi NPP Launch Information

    Mission: Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership
    Launch Vehicle: ULA Delta II
    Launch Site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
    Launch Date: Oct. 28, 2011
    Launch Time: 5:48 a.m. EDT

    Suomi NPP Launches on Earth Observing Mission

    The NPP spacecraft lifts off aboard a Delta II The mobile service tower rolls away from the Delta II rocket with the Suomi NPP spacecraft aboard. Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
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    The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership spacecraft lifted off at 5:48 a.m. EDT on Oct. 28, 2011, to begin its Earth observation mission. The spacecraft was lifted into orbit by a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The launch capped a flawless countdown.

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