View Full Version : NASA’s Solar Crown Jewel Bolted atop Atlas Rocket

2010-Jan-30, 05:10 AM
The “Crown Jewel” of NASA’s solar science research fleet, the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, was transported from the Astrotech payload processing facility outside KSC to the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) at Launch Complex 41 in the overnight hours of Jan 26. It’s standard operating procedure to transport such highly valuable payloads after midnight, when [...]

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2010-Jan-30, 06:04 PM
Hmmm, two launches in two days (SDO on 7th and Shuttle in the wee hours of the 5th).

Cool...... hope the weather cooperates so I can watch 'em from my front door.
(I can see the launches clearly from north of West Palm Beach)