Tropical Storm Stalls NASA Launch until Thursday

Saturday, 25 Aug 2012 05:55 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

NASA's effort to launch a pair of satellites to Earth's radiation belts has been delayed until late next week because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

The countdown was halted at the four-minute mark in the wee hours of Saturday — for the second time in as many days.

Thunderstorms prevented the unmanned rocket from blasting off with NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes. On Friday, a tracking beacon on the rocket held up the flight.

NASA initially said it would try again Sunday. But with Isaac barreling toward Florida, launch managers decided to move the Atlas V rocket back into its hangar and sit tight until the storm passed. They're now aiming for a Thursday launch.

The twin satellites are designed to study Earth's harsh radiation belts. Scientists say the two-year, $686 million mission will improve space forecasting; the goal is to better guard against solar storms.

Spacecraft can be damaged, and astronauts hurt, from severe solar outbursts. Life here on the planet also can be disrupted.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Crew Blasts off for International Space Station

Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 17:23 PM

A Russian capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States, and Italy has blasted off for the Internatio . . .

Bodies of 500 Sea Lions Found on Peruvian Beach

Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 15:50 PM

Peruvian authorities were investigating Sunday the deaths of some 500 sea lions whose rotting corpses were found on a no . . .

Facebook 'Newspaper' Spells Trouble for Media

Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 07:50 AM

Facebook's move to fulfill its ambition to be the personal newspaper for its billion-plus members is likely to mean mo . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved