NASA satellite attached to rocket ready for launch

By Marjorie Sturgeon, Web Content Editor
Last Updated: Monday, January 21, 2013, 9:22 AM EST
Destination Space

The payload for a rocket launch next week from the Space Coast was put into place early Sunday morning.

Officials at the Kennedy Space Center said NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite was rolled out and lifted atop the United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket.

The work started at 2:15 a.m. and finished a little more than eight hours later.

NASA said the launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 8:52 p.m. remains on track.

The satellite will provide tracking and data-return services for NASA's Space Network.  For a full mission overview, click here.