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A crane prepares to lift the Centaur second stage for the Atlas V rocket slated to launch NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory or SDO onto a transporter.

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At the Skid Strip on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, a crane prepares to lift the Centaur second stage for the Atlas V rocket slated to launch NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, onto a transporter. The stage was delivered aboard the Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124-100, a Ukranian/Russian aircraft, at right.

SDO is the first space weather research network mission in NASA's Living With a Star Program. The spacecraft's long-term measurements will give solar scientists in-depth information about changes in the sun's magnetic field and insight into how they affect Earth. Liftoff on the United Launch Alliance Atlas V is scheduled for Feb. 3, 2010. For information on SDO, visit http://www.nasa.gov/sdo. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

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  • Title: A crane prepares to lift the Centaur second stage for the Atlas V rocket slated to launch NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory or SDO onto a transporter.
  • Location: Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
  • About Title: To help you find images you’re searching for, previously untitled images have been labelled automatically based on their description

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