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25-Jun-04 | Next launches

The next two Delta launches will carry NASA science missions. Aura is set to fly from Vandenberg AFB on the central California coast no earlier than 10 July. Aura will study the Earth’s ozone, air quality and climate.  In Florida, with Pad 17B recently vacated, stacking operations for the Delta II-Heavy of MESSENGER are expected to begin around 30 June. The first Mercury orbiter is hoped to launch on 30 July; its launch period closes on 13 August.

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