Glory in front of one half of the payload fairing



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Description VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Inside the Astrotech payload processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, one half of the protective fairing stands behind NASA's Glory spacecraft. Once both halves of the fairing are secured in place, the spacecraft will be transported to Space Launch Complex 576-E and joined with the Taurus XL rocket's third stage. The Orbital Sciences Corp. Taurus XL rocket will carry Glory into low Earth orbit. Once the spacecraft reaches orbit, it will collect data on the properties of aerosols and black carbon. It also will help scientists understand how the sun's irradiance affects Earth's climate. Launch is scheduled for 5:09 a.m. EST Feb. 23. For information, visit www.nasa.gov/glory.
Date 2 February 2011(2011-02-02)
Source http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/detail.cfm?mediaid=50270
Author Photo credit: NASA/Don Kososka, VAFB
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