The Delta II rocket carrying the NOAA-N Prime satellite successfully lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 5:22 a.m. EST (2:22 a.m. PST) on Feb. 6, 2009.
Built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., NOAA-N Prime is the latest polar-orbiting satellite developed by NASA for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA uses two satellites, a morning and afternoon satellite, to ensure every part of Earth is observed at least twice every 12 hours. The new satellite will collect information about Earth's atmosphere and environment to improve weather prediction and climate research across the globe.
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