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Liftoff! NASA Radiation Belt Storm Probes Launch Photos

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.

Atlas V Rocket Radiation Belt Storm Probes 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.

Radiation Belt Storm Probes Launch (Ascent)

NASA/Rusty Backer

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 in Florida on Aug, 30. 2012.

Red Glow of Engines

NASA/Rusty Backer

The red glow of engines is all that can be see against the late night sky, as 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 in Florida. The image was taken on Aug. 30, 2012.

Atlas 5 Engine Glow

NASA/Rusty Backer

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. The image was taken on Aug. 30, 2012.

United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 Engines Glow ( Close-up)

NASA/Rusty Backer

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. The image was taken on Aug. 30, 2012.

Radiation Belt Storm Astrotech

NASA/Tony Gray and Robert Murray

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 in Florida. This image was taken Aug. 30, 2012.

Radiation Belt Storm Probes Launch

NASA/Ben Smegelsky

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

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