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The two halves of the fairing are closed around the NOAA-N Prime spacecraft in the launch service tower at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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The two halves of the fairing are closed around the NOAA-N Prime spacecraft in the launch service tower on Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The fairing is a molded structure that fits flush with the outside surface of the rocket and forms an aerodynamically smooth nose cone, protecting the spacecraft during launch and ascent. NOAA-N Prime is the latest polar-orbiting operational environmental weather satellite developed by NASA for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The satellite is scheduled to launch Feb. 4 aboard the Delta II from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Photo credit: NASA/Mark Mackley, VAFB

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  • Title: The two halves of the fairing are closed around the NOAA-N Prime spacecraft in the launch service tower at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
  • Location: Vandenberg AFB, CA
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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