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TOMS EP Launch Update

The launch of Earth Probe TOMS was successful...

The launch of Earth Probe TOMS was successful. The TDRSS satellite system has aquired the satellite's signal, and things seem to be going smoothly. The spacecraft (aboard an OSC Pegasus XL) was launched at 12:48 AM PDT July 2, 1996. It was deployed into a nominal orbit of 953.5 by 345.0 kilometers with an inclination of 97.36 degrees (the orbit will be circularized to approximately 500 kilometers). After separation from the rocket, the spacecraft was aquired by the McMurdo Sound tracking station in Antarctica, which reported that both solar panels were deployed and that the spacecraft was in good condition. Data will be available from the Goddard DAAC in 6 to 9 months.

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