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An Orbital Sciences technician connects ground wires to the Stage 3 motor of the Taurus XL launch vehicle for NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory.

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On Space Launch Complex 576-E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, an Orbital Sciences technician connects ground wires to the Stage 3 motor of the Taurus XL launch vehicle for NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO. The encapsulated cargo element containing the observatory is integrated with the vehicle. The OCO is an Earth-orbiting mission sponsored by NASA's Earth System Science Pathfinder Program. The observatory will collect precise global measurements of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere. Scientists will analyze the data returned to better understand the natural processes and human activities that regulate the abundance and distribution of this important greenhouse gas. Launch is targeted for Feb. 24 from Space Launch Complex 576-E at Vandenberg. Photo credit: VAFB/Wayne North

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  • Title: An Orbital Sciences technician connects ground wires to the Stage 3 motor of the Taurus XL launch vehicle for NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory.
  • Location: Vandenberg AFB, CA
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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