After Sunday night’s inspiring Curiosity touchdown, the nation’s eyes have once more turned towards the final frontier. UC Berkeley’s miniature satellite follows right on Curiosity’s heels — CINEMA, which stands for CubeSat for Ions, Neutrals, Electrons and MAgnetic fields, will launch at the end of this month.

The Daily Cal reports:

“The satellite was originally scheduled to be launched on Friday morning, strapped to a rocket along with 11 other miniature satellites built by other teams of scientists, but the launch has been postponed until Aug. 14 due to equipment failure at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, Calif.

According to campus graduate student John Sample, who worked on the satellite, the countdown timer stopped at four minutes because a piece of ground equipment on the base had stopped working. Because it will take a few days to repair the equipment, the launch was postponed.”

You are our CINEMA, we could watch you forever … and hope you’ll launch. Successfully.

Image source: Sarai | Fotography under Creative Commons


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