NASA Launches Earth-Observing Satellite

After a years-long delay, an Earth-observing satellite blasted into space early Friday on a dual mission to improve weather forecasts and monitor climate change.

The satellite is dubbed the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project, or NPP for short. Early Friday morning around 3 AM, the satellite launched from the Vandenberg Air Force base in Central California.

A Delta 2 rocket climbed into incredibly clear skies above Vandenberg Air Force Base early Friday, carrying the nation’s newest weather satellite to orbit along with hopes that this won’t be the last launch for the workhorse space boost