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Taurus XL rocket awaits launch

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --  On Space Launch Complex 576-E here, NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory is scheduled to launch aboard the Taurus LX rocket Feb. 24. The spacecraft will collect precise global measurements of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere. (U.S. Air Force photos/Senior Airman Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On Space Launch Complex 576-E here, NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory is scheduled to launch aboard the Taurus LX rocket Feb. 24. The spacecraft will collect precise global measurements of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere. (U.S. Air Force photos/Senior Airman Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --  On Space Launch Complex 576-E here, NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory is scheduled to launch aboard the Taurus LX rocket Feb. 24. The spacecraft will collect precise global measurements of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere. (U.S. Air Force photos/Senior Airman Cole M. Presley)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On Space Launch Complex 576-E here, NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory is scheduled to launch aboard the Taurus LX rocket Feb. 24. The spacecraft will collect precise global measurements of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere. (U.S. Air Force photos/Senior Airman Cole Presley)