Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Friday, once again delayed the launch of SMAP to space.
The space agency's Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite (SMAP) mission will now make another attempt to blast off atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on January 31, United Launch Alliance announced on Twitter:
— ULA (@ulalaunch) January 30, 2015
On its website, United Launch Alliance said: “During inspections following the January 29 launch attempt, minor debonds to the booster insulation were identified. These insulation debonds are associated with cryogenic conditions experienced during tanking operations and a standard repair will be implemented”.
NASA will now attempt to launch the satellite that aims to study soil moisture on Earth on Saturday at 6:20 am PST (9:20 am EST; 1420 GMT).
(With Agency inputs)