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Launch of STEREO Aboard a Delta II Rocket
 
Spacecraft: Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II Rocket
Launch Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Launch Pad: Launch Pad 17-B
Launch Date: Oct. 25, 2006
Launch Time: 8:52 p.m. EDT

Liftoff of the Delta II rocket carrying the twin STEREO spacecraft. Image above: The Boeing Delta II rocket carrying the twin STEREO spacecraft leaps into the night sky above Launch Pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Photo credit: NASA
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A Spectacular Beginning for STEREO

Riding a pillar of flame into the night sky, the twin STEREO observatories rocketed into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 8:52 p.m. EDT on Oct. 25, 2006.

A Boeing Delta II boosted the two spacecraft into orbit, where they will spend two years studying the sun-Earth system. The mission is the first to take measurements of the sun and solar wind in 3-dimension, providing a new view that will improve our understanding of space weather and its impact on Earth.

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