Photos: Delta II Thunders into the Night with JPSS-1

The penultimate Delta II rocket lifted off from SLC-2W at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 9:47:36 UTC with the first satellite in the Joint Polar Satellite System. Checking off its 99th consecutive success, the venerable booster successfully dispatched the 2,540-Kilogram satellite into a Sun Synchronous Orbit and also sent five CubeSats on their way for student experiments and technology demonstrations. Delta II will perform its final mission in 2018 with NASA’s ICESat-II satellite to close out a career of nearly three decades.

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