NASA’s Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, Ocean (PACE) Observatory spacecraft completed its journey from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland to the Astrotech Spacecraft Operations facility near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Engineers and technicians arrived at the front of the spacecraft to prepare ground equipment for unloading and processing prior to fueling and final encapsulation.

The PACE mission aims to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in early 2024 from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The project is managed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the agency’s Launch Services Program based at Kennedy Space Center is responsible for managing launch services for the PACE mission.

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