Thursday, February 18, 2010

Centaur, SDO Still in Coast Phase

Thu, 11 Feb 2010 11:30:34 AM EST

After a spectacular on-time liftoff at 10:23 a.m. and a flawless ride into space, the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft remains attached to the Centaur upper stage in a parking orbit. The Centaur's main engine will burn once more to position the spacecraft for separation. That second burn is expected at approximately 12:05 p.m.