BY JUSTIN RAY
November 21, 2000 -- Follow the countdown and launch of a Boeing Delta 2 rocket with the Earth Observing 1, SAC-C and Munin spacecraft. Reload this page for the very latest on the mission.
Spaceflight Now looks back to Tuesday's flight of the Boeing Delta 2 rocket for NASA with a gallery of spectacular launch photographs.
Flight Data File
Vehicle: Delta 2 (7320-10C)
Payload: EO-1, SAC-C, Munin
Launch date: Nov. 21, 2000
Launch time: 1824:25 GMT (1:24:25 p.m. EST)
Launch site: SLC-2W, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
The Boeing Delta 2 rocket lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with the Earth Observing-1, SAC-C and Munin satellites.
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A remotely controlled tracking camera located near the launch pad tracks the Delta 2 rocket as it blasts away from Vandenberg.
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The three strap-on solid rocket motors are jettisoned to fall into the Pacific as the vehicle begins a "dog-leg maneuver" to change trajectory.
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An infrared camera shows the first stage main engine and vernier thrusters cutting off, followed by stage separation and ignition of the second stage.
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Launch timeline - Chart with times and descriptions of events to occur during the launch.
Orbit trace - A map shows the launch track for the mission.
Delta 2 rocket - Overview of the Delta 2 7320-model rocket used for this launch.
Earth Observing-1 - Learn more about this NASA satellite and its futuristic technologies.
SAC-C - The Argentine scientific research spacecraft that is the co-primary payload of this launch.
Spaceflight Now visited the Delta 2 rocket's pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base earlier this year and produced a full 360-degree panorama.
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