SpaceX Eyes Early Thursday Rocket Launch From Vandenberg Space Force Base

SpaceX is planning for an early Thursday morning rocket launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base, reports CNN.

A Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to lift off at 3:56 a.m. and head in the southwest direction. Weather permitting, a large orange flame might be seen as far north as Monterey and as far south as Long Beach, but easily spotted form the South Coast.

The rocket will carry the U.S.-European Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite (SWOT). In a press release, NASA stated it “will observe nearly all water on Earth’s surface.”

“Its measurements of fresh water and the ocean will help researchers address some of the most pressing climate questions of our time and help communities prepare for a warming world. Making this possible is a scientific instrument called the Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn),” NASA states.

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“For freshwater, this will be a quantum leap in terms of our knowledge,” said Daniel Esteban-Fernandez, KaRIn instrument manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. For example, researchers currently have good data on only a few thousand lakes around the world; SWOT will increase that number to at least a million.

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