PIA12480: WISE Snug in its Nose Cone
 Mission:  Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
 Product Size:  830 x 1244 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) is shown inside one-half of the nose cone, or fairing, that will protect it during launch. The spacecraft is clamped to the top of the rocket above the white conical fitting. The fairing will split open like a clamshell about five minutes after launch.

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NASA/JPL-Caltech/United Launch Alliance

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