December 14, 2009
Posted at 7:35am PST - WISE has stabilized its position, and its solar panels are providing it with power.
Posted at 7:35am PST - The vents on WISE's cooling tank, or cryostat, have opened.
Posted at 7:16am PST - Engineers have acquired a signal from the WISE spacecraft.
Posted at 7:08am PST - WISE has separated from its rocket and is now in orbit around Earth.
Posted at 6:22am PST - The Delta II rocket's main engine has completed its burn, and the second stage has ignited. The nose cone covering WISE has split open like a clamshell and fallen away as expected.
Posted at 6:10am PST - WISE has launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
All systems are "Go" for the Monday morning launch attempt of NASA'S Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The weather forecast calls for 80-percent favorable conditions at launch time. A tower around the rocket that will boost WISE to space was rolled back tonight. WISE is safely tucked inside the rocket's nose cone.
The launch window opens at 6:09:33 a.m. PST (9:09:33 a.m. EST). The WISE space telescope will scan the whole sky in infrared light, uncovering hidden cosmic objects, like the coolest stars, dark asteroids and the most luminous galaxies.
More information is online at http://www.nasa.gov/wise and http://wise.astro.ucla.edu and http://jpl.nasa.gov/wise.