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Rocket Loaded With Solar Sail and Satellites Blasts Off From Alaska

Rocket Loaded With Solar Sail and Satellites Blasts Off From Alaska
A shot of a Minotaur 4 rocket carrying seven satellites blasting off on Nov. 19, 2010, from a site in Alaska. (Image credit: <a href=>Spaceflight Now</a>)

A rocket carrying

The Minotaur 4


Built by the

Here's what's on


This NASA craft —

The agency spent

FASTSAT is carrying

NanoSail-D will use

Also onboard FASTSAT



O/OREOS is about the

One of these will


This U.S. Air Force

STPSat-2 will be the


Also aboard the

FASTRAC — short

FASTRAC consists of

FalconSat-5 was also

The Radio Aurora

RAX's primary

All of these

Because this will be

The launch marks the

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