On Thursday, June 27, NASA’s newest spacecraft, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph or IRIS, will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Launching from an airplane like a missile, the Pegasus XL rocket will carry IRIS into space. This exciting launch will broadcast live at the NASA Ames Exploration Center (Visitor Center) at NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, CA.
NASA Ames serves as the Mission Operations Center for IRIS and a scientific researcher on the mission. IRIS will advance our understanding of the complex region immediately above the sun’s surface that powers its dynamic, million-degree atmosphere, drives its solar winds, and is the source of the ultraviolet emissions that impact Earth’s climate.
Tickets are free and are first-come, first-serve. Space is limited and only ticketed guests will be admitted. Doors will open at 5 PM with a short program followed by a live NASA TV feed and commentary by special keynote speakers and IRIS mission personnel. Launch is scheduled for 7:27 PM (Pacific Time). Launches are subject to change. Check news sources and the IRIS website (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/iris/news/index.html) for the latest information.
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*Note: Due to various uncontrollable factors such as weather constraints, the IRIS launch is delayed until Thursday June 27th. All programming, timing, and details regarding the event remain the same but are now scheduled for Thursday June 27th. If the change of date now prohibits your ability to attend the event please release your reservation or notify the ticketing staff via email in order that others may take advantage of the opportunity. Thanks for your flexibility and understanding, and continue to stay posted for any other possible updates.