NASA Audio File

WISE Launch
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:

TRT: 0:52

CUT 1 (:42) – 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).
› Play Now