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Dazzling Launch Photos: Minotaur 1 Rocket's Late-Night Liftoff

On the Pad

Thom Baur/Orbital Sciences Corp.

The Minotaur 1 rocket that will launch the ORS-1 satellite into orbit at Pad OB at Wallops Island, Va., in June 2011. The yellow blanket provides thermal protection for the first and second stage prior to launch. This image was taken June 27, 2011.

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