On the eve of blastoff

After several days of precautionary analysis and reviews, the Delta 4 rocket has been cleared for blastoff Tuesday afternoon at 4:12 p.m. local time (7:12 p.m. EDT; 2312 GMT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

See our Mission Status Center for the latest news on the launch.

Photo credit: Justin Ray/Spaceflight Now

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