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Surround Sound

13 Jun 2009, 22:07 UTC
Surround Sound
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WISE, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, is all put together at BATC in Boulder and undergoing final testing before shipping to Vandenberg for launch into a polar orbit late in 2009. One of the tests is an acoustic test which simulates the intense noise during launch. Even from 3 miles away the noise is very loud.

The photo shows WISE in a clean room tent surrounded by banks of speakers and amplifiers that could power a large rock concert, but all the speakers are pointing inward.

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