Washington: NASA’s spacecraft Glory is all set for a launch on March 4.
The launch was earlier slated for 23 Feb but technical issues with ground support equipment for the Taurus XL launch vehicle led to a change of plans.
The March 4 liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., is targeted for 5:09:43 a.m. EST, in the middle of a 48-second launch window. Spacecraft separation occurs 13 minutes after launch.
Once launched into space, the satellite will aid scientists understand how the sun and tiny atmospheric particles called aerosols affect Earth``s climate.
The Taurus XL also carries the first of NASA``s Educational Launch of Nanosatellite missions. This auxiliary payload contains three small satellites called CubeSats, which were designed and created by university and college students.
NASA Television will carry launch coverage beginning March 4 at 3:30 a.m. EST. This coverage will be streamed live online at: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.