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06-28-2013, 02:50 PM #1
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Aircraft Carrying IRIS Solar Observatory Takes Off
An Orbital Sciences L-1011 carrier aircraft takes off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on a mission to launch NASA's IRIS spacecraft into low-Earth orbit. IRIS, short for Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, was launched on June 27, 2013 aboard an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket released from the L-1011.IRIS is a NASA Small Explorer Mission to observe how solar material moves, gathers energy and heats up as it travels through a little-understood region in the sun's lower atmosphere. This interface region between the sun's photosphere and corona powers its dynamic million-degree atmosphere and drives the solar wind.Photo Credit: VAFB/Chris Wiant
06-28-2013, 02:51 PM #2
do you WORK for nasa? Or are you just interested in space?
06-28-2013, 03:02 PM #3
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