Delta 2 launches NPP climate & weather satellite
10/28/11 ~ 2:48am PDT

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A Delta 2 rocket lifts off from SLC-2W at Vandenberg AFB, California (VAFB) with the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP; renamed the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership, or Suomi NPP) climate & weather satellite for NASA & NOAA. As of launch time, this had been the last planned Delta 2 rocket launch, but in July of 2012, three of the remaining five possible Delta 2s were allocated to launch payloads from Vandenberg in 2014 and 2016. So stay tuned!

Delta 2 tower rollback       **Sunset behind Delta 2**

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