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Let's Roll! -- new GPS Satellite



A new GPS Satellite (Block 2R-8) was successfully launched today, but with a
unique twist.

The Delta II launch vehicle carried unique "nose art" commemorating Todd
Beamer's "Lets Roll!" heard just before passengers stormed the cockpit of
United Flight 93 on 9/11. Details of the launch can be found at
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/delta/d295/status.html. A copy of the "Let's
Roll" artwork is found at
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/delta/d295/images/letsroll.gif.

The US Coast Guard (responsible for distributing civil information about
GPS) put out the following press release describing the launch and the
unique art work:

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Jan. 29, 2003
DELTA II ROCKET LAUNCHES WITH HISTORIC NOSE ART
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- A Delta II rocket with a global
positioning system satellite aboard launched successfully today at 1:06
p.m., complete with official "Let's Roll" nose art.

This marks the first time, and will be the only launch in the 50-year
storied history of Cape Canaveral that nose art will appear on a rocket
launched from the Cape.

Throughout Air Force history, airmen have used aircraft nose art as a
special way to express patriotism for their country and pride in their unit
and crew. The "Let's Roll" nose art was created to pay respect for the
courage of those who died aboard United Flight 93 as well as all victims of
the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedies.

The words were made famous by Todd Beamer, a passenger on Flight 93. Beamer,
a 32-year-old businessman, Sunday School teacher, husband and father led
other passengers in fighting terrorists for control of Flight 93 before it
crashed into a field in western Pennsylvania. He was overheard on a cellular
phone saying, "Let's roll!" as passengers charged the terrorists.

The nose art design was created by Senior Airman Duane White, a journeyman
from Air Combat Command's multimedia center at Langley AFB, Va.

"Putting the artwork on the Delta II rocket was our way to increase
awareness within America and other nations of the need to combat terrorism,
and the important role the GPS satellite plays in the war on terror," said
Capt. Joy Meade, project officer for the nose art and member of the 1st
Space Launch Squadron.

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