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Tropical Storm Isaac delays space launch
NASA says tropical storm Isaac forced the cancellation of the launch of a mission to study Earth’s radiation belts, with an attempt now set for Thursday.
With the approach of the storm to Florida during the weekend the Saturday launch was called off and the leadership team for the Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission decided to roll the Atlas V rocket off the launch pad and wait for better conditions, the space agency said.
The launch vehicle and the twin probes were moved back to the Vertical Integration Facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 4 to protect them from inclement weather.
Pending approval from the U.S. Air Force’s Eastern Range, the unmanned launch was reset for Thursday at 4:05 a.m. EDT.
The RBST probes are designed to help in understanding the sun’s influence on Earth and near-Earth space by studying the Earth’s radiation belts.
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