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Engineers prepare to connect NASA's IRIS spacecraft to the nose of an rocket that will lift the solar observatory into orbit in June.

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Engineers prepare to connect NASA's IRIS spacecraft to the nose of an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket that will lift the solar observatory into orbit in June. The work is taking place in a hangar at Vandenberg Air Force Base where IRIS, short for Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, is being prepared for launch on a Pegasus XL rocket. Scheduled for launch from Vandenberg no earlier than June 26, 2013, IRIS will open a new window of discovery by tracing the flow of energy and plasma through the chromospheres and transition region into the sun’s corona using spectrometry and imaging. IRIS fills a crucial gap in our ability to advance studies of the sun-to-Earth connection by tracing the flow of energy and plasma through the foundation of the corona and the region around the sun known as the heliosphere. Photo credit: NASA/Randy Beaudoin

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  • Title: Engineers prepare to connect NASA's IRIS spacecraft to the nose of an rocket that will lift the solar observatory into orbit in June.
  • Location: Vandenberg AFB, CA
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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