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Aquarius Readied for the Pad
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Aquarius Readied for the Pad

December 14, 2012
In Space Systems International's Payload Processing Facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, NASA's Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft is rotated for the final time into a vertical position prior to its installation into a transportation canister. Following delivery to the launch pad, the spacecraft will be integrated to a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket in preparation for the targeted June liftoff. Aquarius, the NASA-built primary instrument on the SAC-D spacecraft, will provide new insights into how variations in ocean surface salinity relate to fundamental climate processes on its three-year mission. Image credit: NASA/VAFB May 10, 2011