Preperations to move th service tower for scond stage installation



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English: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- United Space Alliance technicians prepare to move the Space Launch Complex-2 (SLC-2) service tower at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The move will allow technicians to hoist into position the second stage of the Delta II rocket that will carry NASA's Aquarius satellite into low Earth orbit. Scheduled to launch in June, Aquarius' mission will be to provide monthly maps of global changes in sea surface salinity. By measuring ocean salinity from space, Aquarius will provide new insights into how the massive natural exchange of freshwater between the ocean, atmosphere and sea ice influences ocean circulation, weather and climate. Also going up with the satellite are optical and thermal cameras, a microwave radiometer and the SAC-D spacecraft, which were developed with the help of institutions in Italy, France, Canada and Argentina.
Date 21 March 2011(2011-03-21)
Source http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/detail.cfm?mediaid=51378
Author Photo credit: VAFB/30th Space Wing


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