H-VANDENBERG AFB

Jun 28, 2013 1:35 AM by Ed Zuchelli, KSBY News

Satellite launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base

Another NASA satellite is in space after taking off from Vandenberg Air Force Base Thursday night.

The Iris satellite rode into Earth's orbit on a rocket over the Pacific about 100 miles off California's Coast.

Iris will spend two years staring at a region of the sun that lies between the surface and the corona, the glowing white ring visible during eclipses.

The goal is to learn more about how this region drives solar wind and to better predict space weather.

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