NASA's Earth-observing satellite to launch Friday

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Posted: Mar 01, 2011 12:07 PM
NASA's Earth-observing satellite to launch Friday

NASA has picked a new launch date for its newest Earth-orbiting satellite more than a week after a glitch led to a last-minute scrub.

The Glory satellite will now lift off before dawn Friday aboard a Taurus XL rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Engineers spent the past week troubleshooting an error with the ground equipment. NASA said Tuesday that the problem has been fixed.

Once in orbit, Glory will spend three years studying tiny airborne particles and their effect on climate.