The satellite was actually built long ago, but it’s been warehoused rather than launched due to political and budgetary issues, Allen explained.
Enjoy the warmth of the sun’s rays as much as you can in the coming days. We won’t see this much daylight again until March.
Dr. E. Kirsten Peters is the author of “Planet Rock Doc.” This column is a service of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University. Peters can be reached at rockdoc.wsu.edu and on Twitter @RockDocWSU.