Ready for Launch
December 17, 2004
At Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Station, with the Mobile Service Tower retracted away, the Titan IVB/Centaur carrying the Cassini spacecraft stands ready for launch. The launch vehicle, Cassini spacecraft and attached Centaur stage encased in a payload fairing, altogether stand about 183 feet tall. Mounted at the base of the launch vehicle are two upgraded solid rocket motors.
Cassini is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Cassini mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C.
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