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File:Aquarius in the first half of the Payload fairing.jpg


Description VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Inside the mobile service tower at Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, workers prepare to install NASA’s Aquarius spacecraft into the United Launch Alliance’s Delta II payload fairing. Aquarius will be integrated to the Delta II rocket in preparation for the targeted June 9 liftoff. Aquarius, the NASA-built instrument on the SAC-D spacecraft, will provide new insights into how variations in ocean surface salinity relate to fundamental climate processes on its three-year mission.
Date 28 May 2011
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