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NASA SCIENCE-ENABLING RELAY SATELLITE POISED FOR LAUNCH ATOP ATLAS 5 ROCKET

NASA SCIENCE-ENABLING RELAY SATELLITE POISED FOR LAUNCH ATOP ATLAS 5 ROCKET Resembling a cocooned insect with antennas and appendages tucked snuggly to its body for launch, NASA’s latest communications relay hub will be shot into space Friday to blossom in geosynchronous orbit for routing signals to and from the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope and three dozen science observatories. The $408 million Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M, or TDRS-M, will be sent aloft aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. Liftoff from Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral is scheduled for 8:03 a.m. EDT (1203 GMT).   More



(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 16)

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