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NASA WISE Launch UPDATE: Spacecraft To Map Unseen Sky Blasts Off

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UPDATE 12/14/09:
The Associated Press reports:

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A NASA spacecraft blasted into space early Monday on a mission to map the whole sky in search of hidden asteroids, comets and other celestial objects.

The Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or Wise, lifted off aboard a Delta 2 rocket 6:09 a.m. from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central California coast.

Read the full story on the Huffington Post here.

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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- NASA has delayed the launch of its sky-mapping spacecraft because of a problem with a steering engine.

The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE for short, was scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday.

Engineers doing final checks on the Delta 2 rocket found a problem late Wednesday with its booster steering engine.

The $320 million mission will now launch no earlier than Saturday, although there's an 80 percent chance the weather will not cooperate.

WISE will scan the entire sky in infrared light in search of never-before-seen asteroids, comets and other celestial objects. One of its main tasks is to catalog objects posing a danger to Earth.

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