…and we have liftoff

The rocket carrying the satellite and platform for the CALIPSO and CloudSat missions was launched today at 6:02 EST, so right before lunch here in France :-)

CALIPSO launch

I’ve been working on the preparation of the CALIPSO mission for 6 years now, as this project has provided the funding for my thesis and post-doc. So it’s kinda impressive to see it actually taking its place up there :-)

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