27 June 2013
The launch of NASA’s IRIS spacecraft, through which scientists hope to learn more about the sun, was delayed by one day. The Interface Region Imaging Spectograph, also known as IRIS, is now scheduled for launch today, 27 June, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California from an Orbital Sciences’ Pegasus XL rocket. The delay was the result of a significant power outage at Vandenberg earlier this week. The launch team will begin preparing the L-1011 for departure at 2:30 Pacific Time this afternoon. Departure is planned to occur at 6:27 p.m. PDT and the drop of the Pegasus XL is targeted for 7:27 p.m. PDT (Image Credit: NASA)
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