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Mission Status & Events

Arrival: Vandenberg Air Force Base
[31-Mar-11] After overnight crew rest, the second C-17 flight with the Aquarius/SAC-D observatory left San Juan, Puerto Rico at 11h36 local time on 30 Mar for the launch processing facility and launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), California. The payload arrived safely at VAFB at 16h18 PDT and now resides in the Spaceport Systems International payload processing facility at VAFB. View a slideshow of shipping activities in our gallery.

Following final tests, the spacecraft will be integrated to a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket in preparation for the targeted June launch to low Earth orbit.