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NASA’s Earth-Observing Satellite To Launch Friday

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Workers monitor NASA's Glory upper stack as a crane lifts it from a stationary rail for attachment to the Taurus XL rocket's Stage 0. (credit: nasa.gov)

Workers monitor NASA’s Glory upper stack as a crane lifts it from a stationary rail for attachment to the Taurus XL rocket’s Stage 0. (credit: nasa.gov)

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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — NASA has picked a new launch date for its newest Earth-orbiting satellite more than a week after a glitch led to a last-minute scrub.

The Glory satellite will now lift off before dawn Friday aboard a Taurus XL rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Engineers spent the past week troubleshooting an error with the ground equipment. NASA said Tuesday that the problem has been fixed.

Once in orbit, Glory will spend three years studying tiny airborne particles and their effect on climate.

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