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Liftoff! NASA Radiation Belt Storm Probes Launch Photos

Artist's Rendition of Radiation Belt Storm Probes

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

An artist's rendition of what the two Radiation Belt Storm Probe spacecraft will look like in space.

Radiation Belt Storm Probes Mission

NASA

The Radiation Belt Storm Probes Mission, part of NASA's Living With a Star program, will provide unprecedented insight into the physical dynamics of the radiation belts.

Atlas V Rocket Radiation Belt Storm Launch

NASA/Kenny Allen

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes, or RBSP, lifted off Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Aug. 30, 2012.

Atlas 5 Rocket Carrying Radiation Belt Storm Probes

United Launch Alliance/Pat Corkery

An unmanned United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket is readied to launch NASA's twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission on Aug. 24, 2012, from Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

United Launch Alliance Atlas 5

Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket stands ready for launch at Space Launch Complex-41 with NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) satellite. Launch is set for Friday, Aug. 24 at 4:07 a.m. EDT.

United Launch Alliance Atlas 5

Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket stands ready for launch at Space Launch Complex-41 with NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) satellite. Launch is set for Friday, Aug. 24 at 4:07 a.m. EDT.

Centaur Stage Mating with Atlas 5 Rocket

NASA/Jim Grossmann

At Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., United Launch Alliance technicians support the lifting operation as the Centaur stage is prepared for mating with the Atlas V rocket, which will launch the Radiation Belt Storm Probes, or RBSP, spacecraft. Image released July 16, 2012.

Top of Atlas V Rocket Carrying RBSP Satellite

United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V stands ready for launch at Space Launch Complex-41 with NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) satellite. RBSP will study changes in Earth's space environment caused by the sun that can disable satellites, create power grid failures and disrupt GPS service.

Radiation Belt Storm Probes Launch (Ascent)

NASA/Kenny Allen

With its engines burning bright against the late night sky, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes, or RBSP, travels upward after lifting off Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Aug, 30. 2012.

Radiation Belt Storm Probes Launch (Ascent)

NASA/Kenny Allen

With its engines burning bright against the late night sky, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes, or RBSP, travels upward after lifting off Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Aug, 30. 2012.

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