The March 4 liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., is targeted for 5:09:43 a.m. EST, in the middle of a 48-second launch window. Spacecraft separation occurs 13 minutes after launch.
Data from the Glory mission will allow scientists to better understand how the sun and tiny atmospheric particles called aerosols affect Earth's climate. The Taurus XL also carries the first of NASA's Educational Launch of Nanosatellite missions. This auxiliary payload contains three small satellites called CubeSats, which were designed and created by university and college students.
NASA Television will carry launch coverage beginning March 4 at 3:30 a.m. This coverage will be streamed live online at:
Real-time updates of countdown and launch milestones will be posted on NASA's launch blog beginning March 4 at 3:30 a.m. at: