The Ocean Surface Topography Mission aboard the Jason-2 spacecraft began June 20, 2008, with a dazzling liftoff into the California sky above Vandenberg Air Force Base. A Delta II with the satellite tucked inside its nose thundered off the launch pad at 3:46 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 2. The spacecraft is to use sophisticated radar to measure the height of the world’s oceans as it circles more than 830 miles overhead. ( Excerpt by courtesy of www.nasa.gov)
For the first time in History : a mobile device pictured from space the first seconds of the satellite’s orbite.