03 Mar '11, 11pm

NASA to launch Earth observation satellite (via ST iPhone App)

NASA to launch Earth observation satellite (via ST iPhone App)

NASA was poised to launch its Earth observation satellite, Glory (above), early on Friday after technical problems delayed its initial effort last month. -- PHOTO: NASA WASHINGTON - NASA was poised to launch its Earth observation satellite, Glory, early on Friday after technical problems delayed its initial effort last month. The satellite was set to propel into orbit aboard a four stage Taurus-XL rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Friday. The launch window is very brief - just 48 seconds - but NASA said the weather forecast was 100 per cent favorable. Glory is carrying instruments that will measure aerosols in Earth's atmosphere and aims to provide scientists with data on how those tiny particles are affecting the planet's climate. The satellite also aims to study how the Sun interacts with the atmosphere. Glory will initially set on an orbital course ...

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