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Deep Space Climate Observatory arrives at Florida launch site

21 November 2014

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A novel NOAA climate observatory with a unique past arrived at Cape Canaveral on Thursday to begin two months of launch preparations, testing, and fuelling before liftoff aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The Deep Space Climate Observatory - known as DSCOVR - was transported by truck from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland to an Astrotech satellite processing facility in Titusville, Fla., just outside the gates of Kennedy Space Center.

The spacecraft arrived Thursday, and engineers planned to unpack the satellite inside a clean room to prepare DSCOVR for launch.

Workers will hand over the 1,256-pound (570-kilogram) satellite to SpaceX in January for attachment to the company's Falcon 9 launcher at Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad. Liftoff is targeted for 23 January.

Source: Spaceflight Now

Image credit: NOAA - Diagram of DSCOVR's planned location

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