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WMAP Launch

WMAP was constructed and tested at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. In the Spring of 2001 the spacecraft was trucked to Cape Canaveral for integration and launch. The WMAP team spent many long days working out details and snags. At the end of June 2001, all the hard work paid of in a near perfect, on time launch.

WMAP final Preparation at Kennedy
WMAP mounted to the third stage of the Delta rocket.

WMAP being lifted into position for lanch
WMAP (mated to the third stage) lifted up the launch pad.

Protective fairing cover is placed around WMAP for launch
The Delta rocket fairing around WMAP.

WMAP rises from the launch tower
WMAP rises from the tower in the official launch photo.

Delta Rocket flying east over the Atlantic Ocean
WMAP launched from Kennedy Space Center on June 30, 2001, at 3:46 p.m. EDT.

WMAP at L2 as photographed with the KPNO 4m telescope by Ian Dell'Antonio

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