The United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket lifts off with NASA’s SMAP observatory at 6:22 a.m. local time on Saturday, Jan. 31 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Photo credit: William G. Hartenstein / United Launch Alliance
“We had a terrific ride into space aboard the United Launch Alliance’s Delta 2 vehicle. They deposited us exactly where we wanted to be with with accuracy and precision,” said Kent Kellogg, NASA’s SMAP project manager.
“This is a fantastic start to the Soil Moisture Active Passive mission. I want to express my thanks to the NASA Launch Services Program people who worked so hard to get us into space and the United Launch Alliance folks with their fantastic Delta 2 vehicle that gave us a wonderful ride into space.”