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Photos: NASA Launches Twin Grail Gravity Probes to the Moon

Grail-A Moon Probe & a Blue Earth

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This amazing view shows NASA's Grail-A probe with the blue Earth as a backdrop after the moon gravity probe separated from its Delta 2 rocket. This view was taken by a camera on the Delta 2 rocket shortly after the Grail mission launch from Florida on Sept. 10, 2011.

NASA Grail Moon Probes Soar on Delta 2

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An unmanned Delta 2 rocket soars toward space carrying NASA's twin Grail moon gravity probes in a successful launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sept. 10, 2011. The launch was delayed two days.

Grail Moon Probes' Launch: Arc Into Clouds

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The United Launch Alliance Delta 2 Heavy rocket propels NASA’s twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission into the clouds in a graceful arc over Space Launch Complex 17B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Liftoff was at 9:08:52 EDT Sept. 10, 2011.

Grail's Rocket Launch: The Arrow

NASA/Fletcher Hildreth

Like an arrow across the sky, a Delta 2 rocket hurtles spaceward to launch NASA's twin Grail moon probes into space. The rocket lifted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 9:08 a.m. EDT on Sept. 10, 2011.

Next Stop, Moon

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NASA's Grail mission blasts off atop an unmanned Delta 2 rocket at 9:08 a.m. ET on Sept. 10, 2011 in a succesful launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Grail Rocket's SRBs Separate

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This NASA video camera still shows the solid rocket boosters separating from the Delta 2 rocket carrying NASA's twin Grail moon probes during a successful 9:08 a.m. ET launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Grail's Delta 2 Rocket Streak

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The unmanned Delta 2 rocket carrying NASA's twin Grail moon probes streaks through the Florida sky after a smooth launch. The rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 9:08 a.m. ET on Sept. 10, 2011.

Grail Rocket's Light Show

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The air-lit motors on the Delta 2 rocket carrying NASA's Grail moon probes into space create a dazzling light effect in this NASA camera view. Grail launched from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sept. 10, 2011 at 9:08 a.m. ET.

Inside NASA's Grail Mission Launch Control

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This view from a NASA camera offers a glimpse inside the launch control center for NASA's Grail moon gravity probe launch on Sept. 10, 2011. The twin Grail probes launched on an unmanned Delta 2 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

NASA's Grail Moon Probes and Rocket at Night

NASA/Kim Shiflett

At Space Launch Complex 17B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., the mobile service tower is aglitter as it rolls away from the United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket that will launch NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission. The rocket was slated to launch Sept. 8, but was delayed by two days.

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