Atlas soars with Terra
Posted: December 18, 1999
After a record 27-month wait on the launch pad, a Lockheed Martin Atlas 2AS launched NASA's Terra spacecraft on December 18 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
Flight data file
Vehicle: Atlas 2AS
Launch date: Dec. 18, 1999
Launch window: 1833-1858 GMT (1333-1358 EST)
Launch site: SLC-3E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
The Lockheed Martin Atlas 2AS rocket launches with NASA's Terra spacecraft from Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
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The first countdown for the launch of NASA's Terra spacecraft aboard an Atlas 2AS rocket is cutoff in the final minute.
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Atlas vehicle data - Overview of the rocket that will launch Terra into space.
Terra spacecraft - Facts and information about NASA's Terra satellite.
Launch timeline - Chart with times and descriptions of events to occur during the launch.
Pre-launch photo gallery - Follow the rocket and satellite preparations for launch in pictures.
Terra's mission - A NASA release detailing the objectives and science goals of Terra.
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International Launch Services - Lockheed Martin-led consortium which globally markets the U.S. Atlas and Russian Proton rockets.
Lockheed Martin Astronautics - U.S. company which builds and launches the Atlas family of rockets.
Terra - NASA's flagship mission for the Earth observing system.
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