NASA will launch its newest solar observatory tonight (June 27), kicking off a two-year mission to study how energy moves around the active sun.
A rocket carrying the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph satellite, or IRIS, is scheduled to take off from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:27 p.m. EDT tonight (6:27 p.m. local time; 0127 GMT Friday) underneath a carrier aircraft. The plane will release its payload high above the Pacific Ocean one hour later, at which point the rocket will kick on and blast IRIS into orbit.
You can watch NASA’s IRIS solar obseratory launch live on SPACE.com courtesy of a NASA webcast. The webcast will begin at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 GMT) and be beamed out live via the space agency’s NASA TV channels.
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