Image above: The Delta II rocket carrying the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Photo credit: United Launch Alliance › View Larger Image
Successful Liftoff for Delta II and Aquarius/SAC-D!
The United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft launched from NASA's Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base on June 10, 2011, beginning a three-year mission to study our planet's salty seas. Liftoff was on time at 7:20 a.m. PDT (10:20 a.m. EDT) and capped a very smooth countdown with no technical or weather problems.
The Aquarius/SAC-D mission is a collaboration between NASA and Argentina's space agency with participation by Brazil, Canada, France and Italy. NASA's Launch Services Program at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida is managing the launch. United Launch Alliance of Denver, Colo., is NASA's launch service provider of the Delta II 7320.