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CALIPSO and CloudSat Launched Aboard Delta II Rocket
 
Spacecraft: CALIPSO and CloudSat Earth Observing Satellites
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II Rocket
Launch Location: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2
Launch Date: April 28, 2006

The Delta II rocket carrying CALIPSO and CloudSat lifts off from the pad. The CALIPSO and CloudSat satellites soared into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at approximately 6:02 a.m. EDT on April 28, 2006, beginning a mission to study clouds from orbit. The twin spacecraft were launched aboard the Boeing Delta II rocket, which is NASA's medium-size payload specialist.

Image right: The Delta II rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Credit: Boeing/Thom Baur + View Larger Image

The flight of the two satellites also marked the 50th successful launch for NASA's Launch Services Program.

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