Visit to Vandenberg

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WISE held a management team meeting at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday Aug 21. So I drove the 145 miles (230 km) from UCLA up to Lompoc, the closest town, and then another 8 miles (13 km) to the main gate. From the gate it is about 6 miles (10 km) to the facility where WISE is being prepared for launch. The actual launch site, SLC-2 (Space Launch Complex 2) , is about 2 miles (3 km) further. After the meeting where the WISE team planned for the next 3 months, I went over the look in the clean room where the WISE flight battery was being charged, and then over to SLC-2, and finally to the Mission Control room where I will be sitting during the launch.

Meanwhile Spaceflight Now updated their launch schedule page to reflect our new launch date.

About nwright

Ned Wright, 65 years old, is a professor at UCLA. He did far-infrared observations using a 102-cm balloon-borne telescope for his PhD thesis, and has since observed with the Kuiper Airborne Observatory, and the space-based COBE, WMAP, Spitzer and WISE missions.

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