Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Aura scrubbed again

Today I was actually watching the launch on NASA TV, which was exciting. About three minutes before the beginning of the launch window, there was an emergency hold. Aura has only a three minute window, since it is intended to fly in formation with Terra and Aqua. There just wasn't enough time to deal with the problem, so the launch was scrubbed for at least 24 hours.

It sounds like there might be weather issues with a tropical storm in the Pacific. The way I understand things, any delay beyond the 18th would mean we lose the launch site for a while -- to sometime in August.

The good news is that Joy will back from Chicago tonight, so we might be able to go see it happen at Vandenberg.

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