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At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is hoisted high at NASA's Space Launch Complex-2 service tower.

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Washington, DC, United States

At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the AJ10 engine for the second stage of the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket is hoisted high at NASA’s Space Launch Complex-2 service tower. The second stage of the rocket, with several solid rocket motors attached, sits on the launch pad. The Delta II will carry NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite into space.

NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. NPP will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this satellite fleet, now known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to be launched in 2016. NPP is the bridge between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites and the forthcoming series of JPSS satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments for the JPSS missions. NPP is targeted to launch Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/NPP. Photo credit: NASA/VAFB

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  • Title: At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is hoisted high at NASA's Space Launch Complex-2 service tower.
  • Location: Vandenberg AFB, CA
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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