WISE is off to investigate the infrared sky

WISE launched at 6:09 am PST on Monday, and it was exciting on console as you can see from my picture here before terminal count resumed.

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The countdown went great and the launch looked beautiful, at least on TV.  The downside of sitting on console is that I couldn't be outside to see the launch, but you could sure hear it! 

There are a lot of great articles around the web about WISE, and here are a few to get you started:

US News and World Report, Voice of America, Scientific American, LA Times, Aviation Week, Sky and Telescope, Orlando Sentinel, Florida Today

There are some pictures around California here.  I'll be posting some VAFB pictures soon!

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