Welcome, space enthusiasts! Get ready to embark on a cosmic journey as NASA unveils the mysteries of our oceans and atmosphere with the highly anticipated PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem) mission. The latest update, as of February 5, 2024, brings an exciting change in the launch date to Wednesday, February 7, due to a brief weather delay. Stay tuned for real-time updates and follow NASA’s PACE blog for the most current mission information.
Scheduled for liftoff at 1:33 a.m. EST on February 7, the PACE mission aims to explore the intricate dance between microscopic life in water and minuscule particles in the air. Riding atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, PACE will provide valuable insights into the impact of these tiny elements on our changing climate.
Countdown to Launch
Live Coverage Kickoff: February 6, 12:45 a.m. EST
The excitement begins with live launch coverage starting at 12:45 a.m. on NASA+, NASA Television, and the official NASA website. Dive deep into prelaunch activities, witness the technical feed on NASA TV media channel, and catch the thrilling live launch coverage on NASA+ and NASA TV public channel.
Behind the Scenes: Social Panel and Science Briefing
Sunday, February 4
- 9:15 a.m. – NASA Social Panel Livestream: Join the conversation with NASA’s Karen St. Germain, Marjorie Haskell, Laura Lorenzoni, Ivona Cetinic, and Juli Lander. Watch on YouTube, Facebook, and X social media channels. Don’t forget to engage by asking questions using #AskNASA.
- 11 a.m. – PACE Science Briefing on NASA+: Delve into the scientific intricacies with Kate Calvin, Karen St. Germain, Jeremy Werdell, Andy Sayer, and Natasha Sadoff. Ask your burning questions using #AskNASA on social media.
Exclusive Interviews and Rollout Show
Monday, February 5
- 8 a.m. – NASA EDGE PACE Rollout Show: Witness the PACE rollout live on NASA+, NASA TV, and YouTube.
- 9 a.m. – PACE Prelaunch News Conference: Gain insights from NASA’s Associate Administrator Jim Free, Karen St. Germain, Tim Dunn, Julianna Scheiman, and Brian Cizek. Interact by using #AskNASA on social media.
Launch Day: February 7
12:45 a.m. – Technical Feed and Live Launch Coverage
- Experience the technical feed on NASA TV media channel, leading up to the live launch coverage on NASA+ and NASA TV public channel.
Virtual Participation and Engagement
- Virtual Attendance: Although the media accreditation deadline has passed, you can virtually attend the PACE launch. Register to join NASA’s virtual guest program for curated resources and launch notifications.
- Follow the Journey: Keep pace with the mission by following the #KeepingPACE and #AskNASA hashtags on Facebook, Instagram, and X. Tag and share your excitement with NASA’s official accounts.
As we countdown to this groundbreaking mission, join NASA in unraveling the secrets of Earth’s oceans and atmosphere. Witness history unfold, engage with experts, and be part of the global community following NASA’s PACE mission. Stay connected for live updates, breathtaking images, and a front-row seat to the wonders of space exploration.