NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) launched aboard a Delta II
rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Dec.14, 2009 at 9:09 EST.
The WISE spacecraft will circle Earth over the poles, scanning the entire sky
one-and-a-half times in nine months. The mission will uncover hidden cosmic objects,
including the coolest stars, dark asteroids and the most luminous galaxies.
Center Contact: Whitney Clavin, 818-354-4673
HQ Contact: J.D. Harrington, 202-358-5241
For latest info: www.nasa.gov/wise
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– Launch Commentator: 3...2...1...we have ignition and liftoff of the a Delta II rocket and WISE. Searching for stars and galaxies never seen before. (LAUNCH CONTROL ROOM AUDIO FOLLOWS FOR 30 SECONDS
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