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Liftoff of Delta II Carrying Aquarius - SAC-D
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Liftoff of Delta II Carrying Aquarius - SAC-D

December 14, 2012
The United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft lifts off from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. NASA’s Aquarius, the primary instrument on the SAC-D observatory, will provide unprecedented global maps of ocean surface salinity to better understand the links between ocean circulation, the global cycling of freshwater and climate. Image credit: NASA/ Bill Ingalls June 10, 2011