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Launch Update: Space Infrared Telescope Facility
Mission: SIRTF
Launch Date: Monday, August 25, 2003
Launch Time: 1:35:39 a.m. EDT
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II Heavy
Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Live Coverage: 11:15 p.m. EDT

The Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) was successfully launched into orbit aboard a Boeing Delta II Heavy Launch Vehicle, early Monday morning. SIRTF will be the final mission in NASA's Great Observatories Program, also including the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory (CGRO), and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory (CXO). SIRTF is also a part of NASA's Astronomical Search for Origins Program, designed to provide information which will help us understand our cosmic roots, and how galaxies, stars and planets develop and form.

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NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory