17 February 2007

THEMIS Spacecraft Launched

After two delays due, the first due to a fuelling problem and the second strong winds the five THEMIS spacecraft have been launched on Saturday, 17 February 2007 at 23:01 UK time from Cape Canaveral, Florida by Delta II rocket.

The goal of the THEMIS project is to investigate the physics of geomagnetic disturbances such as magnetic storms and sub-storms. Professor M. Balikhin and

Dr. S. Walker of the Sheffield Space Systems Group are going to analyse data provided by THEMIS spacecraft.

Read more at the NASA THEMIS web site:

Initial moments of the launch

Further trajectory

Separation of boosters (small white marks below the smoke trail)