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Jul 2, 2014 6:12 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Delta II rocket carrying satellite launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base

A Delta II rocket successfully launched out of Vandenberg Air Force Base at 2:56 a.m. Wednesday.

The rocket is carrying a NASA satellite designed to study atmospheric carbon dioxide. The satellite is called the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2. It's replacing a satellite that was destroyed during a failed launch in 2009. The mission is costing $468 million. The satellite will collect global measurements of carbon dioxide levels in the Earth's atmosphere.

The rocket was originally scheduled to lift off early Tuesday morning, but the water flow system failed, and officials called off the launch 46 seconds before lift off. Since there was only a 30 second launch window, officials couldn't resume the countdown.



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