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Cal Poly satellite blasts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base

United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.
United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Associated Press

Cal Poly’s eighth CubeSat satellite was launched into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base earlier this month.

The small satellite, designed and built by students, launched Dec. 5 aboard the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

The CubeSat program is experimenting with cell phone cameras that have collecting images from outer space.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is sponsoring the satellite. The six-month mission also will help researchers better understand planetary weather, natural disasters and changing ecosystems.

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