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ULA launches rocket into space

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ULA launched a rocket into space Wednesday morning (Source: NASA) ULA launched a rocket into space Wednesday morning (Source: NASA)

The United Launch Alliance launched a rocket into space on Wednesday morning from the air force base in Vandenberg, California.

THE ULA Delta II rocket was carrying the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 payload for NASA. It lifted off from Space Launch Complex-2 at 2:56 a.m.

The launch marked the 51st Delta II mission for NASA and Delta II's return to flight. 

The rocket is carrying a remote sensing satellite that will measure global atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, also known as Greenhouse gasses. 

The measurements and information will help create a global map that pinpoints locations where carbon dioxide is emitted and absorbed. 

Scientists will also gain a better understanding of climate change.

The launch and research is costing NASA 467.7 million dollars. 

For more  information on ULA, visit their website at www.ulalaunch.com

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