WISE launch
A Delta 2 rocket carrying NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explore satellite lifts off at 6:09 a.m. from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Len Wood/Staff Len Wood

After waiting out a series of storms last week and overcoming a technical snafu, a Delta 2 rocket blasted off early today from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The United Launch Alliance rocket with NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer or WISE spacecraft lifted off at 6:09 a.m. to begin its $320 million mission.

WISE will scan the sky and deliver images of what scientists expect to be millions of cosmic treasures.

The satellite is scheduled to separate from the rocket about an hour after liftoff, and ground controllers were expected to  begin activating the spacecraft systems so WISE can begin its mission.

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