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GRAIL launch as seen live



Running Time: 3 min 37 sec
File Size: 126 MB

The United Launch Alliance Delta 2-Heavy rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral's pad 17B at 9:08:52 a.m. carrying NASA's GRAIL lunar gravity mappers.

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Launch replay: Jetty Park



Running Time: 40 sec
File Size: 25 MB

Beautiful footage of the Delta 2 rocket launching GRAIL as seen from the beach just south of the Jetty Park pier along the edge of the Atlantic Ocea.

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Launch replay: Trident Bluff



Running Time: 1 min 3 sec
File Size: 38 MB

The launch of the Delta 2 rocket with NASA's GRAIL spacecraft as seen from the Trident Bluff location near the south edge of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch replay: UCS 23 tracker



Running Time: 2 min 0 sec
File Size: 72 MB

The Universal Camera Site 23 north of Complex 17 follows the Delta 2 rocket during its initial ascent away from Cape Canaveral with the GRAIL spacecraft. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch replay: Backside camera



Running Time: 27 sec
File Size: 17 MB

The fire and smoke of the Delta 2-Heavy rocket's blastoff is illustrated in this camera positioned on the backside of Cape Canaveral's pad 17B. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch replay: Northside camera



Running Time: 34 sec
File Size: 21 MB

This camera on the north side of Cape Canaveral's pad 17B shows the Delta 2-Heavy rocket's liftoff and tilts up to see the vehicle flying away. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch replay: Patrick AFB



Running Time: 2 min 41 sec
File Size: 97 MB

This long-range tracking camera located at Patrick Air Force Base follows the Delta 2-Heavy rocket launching on the eastward trajectory from the Cape. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch replay: KSC tracker



Running Time: 1 min 38 sec
File Size: 59 MB

This powerful tracking camera located at the Kennedy Space Center follows the Delta 2-Heavy rocket during its climb away from the spaceport. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch replay: Press Site 1



Running Time: 2 min 17 sec
File Size: 81 MB

This view of the GRAIL spacecraft launching aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta 2-Heavy rocket was captured by a camera at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Press Site 1. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch replay: Pad 17B camera



Running Time: 27 sec
File Size: 16 MB

A spectacular front view from Cape Canaveral's pad 17B shows the dramatic ignition and liftoff of the Delta 2-Heavy rocket. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch replay: Pad 17A camera



Running Time: 27 sec
File Size: 16 MB

A camera on pad 17A looking southward provides a dramatic view of the Delta 2-Heavy rocket blasting off from pad 17B carrying NASA's GRAIL.(Replay includes live launch audio).

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Aerial views of launch pad



Running Time: 2 min 32 sec
File Size: 94 MB

Aerial footage of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's historic Complex 17 was captured by helicopter during the Delta 2-Heavy rocket's countdown in preparation for NASA's GRAIL mission.

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Launch scrubbed



Running Time: 1 min 15 sec
File Size: 47 MB

Unfavorable high-altitude wind concerns force officials to scrub the Sept. 8 attempt to launch the GRAIL mission from Cape Canaveral.

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Gantry retracted from rocket



Running Time: 3 min 2 sec
File Size: 115 MB

In preparation for the first launch attempt, the mobile service gantry at Cape Canaveral's pad 17B is rolled away from the Delta 2-Heavy rocket.

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Time-lapse of tower rollback



Running Time: 57 sec
File Size: 36 MB

A time-lapse movie shot at Cape Canaveral's Complex 17 shows the mobile service tower retracting to reveal the Delta 2-Heavy rocket for the GRAIL mission.

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Rocket's pre-launch campaign



Running Time: 8 min 31 sec
File Size: 305 MB

This narrated movie compiles the highlights from the Delta 2 rocket's pre-flight campaign at Cape Canaveral in preparation to launch the GRAIL spacecraft.

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Satellites' pre-launch campaign



Running Time: 7 min 15 sec
File Size: 285 MB

This narrated movie compiles the highlights of the GRAIL spacecraft undergoing its pre-launch preparation campaign in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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GRAIL PI interview



Running Time: 5 min 50 sec
File Size: 223 MB

This is a pre-launch interview with Maria Zuber, the GRAIL principal investigator from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Previewing Delta's ascent



Running Time: 4 min 35 sec
File Size: 172 MB

Learn about the United Launch Alliance Delta 2-Heavy rocket's flight trajectory to deploy the GRAIL spacecraft on their trans-lunar voyage.

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GRAIL launch animation



Running Time: 57 sec
File Size: 36 MB

This animation depicts the Delta 2-Heavy rocket launching the twin GRAIL spacecraft and the satellites flying away from Earth on their voyage to the Moon.

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Roadmap to the Moon



Running Time: 2 min 35 sec
File Size: 97 MB

David Lehman, GRAIL project manager from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, describes the circuitous route the satellites will take from Earth to the Moon.

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How gravity measures are made



Running Time: 1 min 36 sec
File Size: 61 MB

Maria Zuber, GRAIL principal investigator from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, explains how the twin satellites will map the lunar gravity field.

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Moon mapping animation



Running Time: 1 min 51 sec
File Size: 64 MB

This animation illustrates the GRAIL spacecraft working in tandem around the Moon to precisely measure the lunar gravity field.

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Rocket's nose cone attached



Running Time: 8 min 46 sec
File Size: 335 MB

Installation of the Delta 2 rocket's nose cone is accomplished at launch pad 17B. The 10-foot-diameter composite fairing shrouds the GRAIL spacecraft during the climb through Earth's atmosphere in the initial five minutes of flight.

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Satellites moved to the launch pad



Running Time: 12 min 07 sec
File Size: 460 MB

After 55 years of launches, the historic Complex 17 at the Cape Canaveral receives what could be its final satellite payload when NASA's twin Moon-mapper probes arrive for mounting atop the Delta 2 rocket.

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Second craft put on launch deployer



Running Time: 5 min 44 sec
File Size: 222 MB

Inside the Astrotech satellite processing facility, the GRAIL-A spacecraft is installed aboard the launch dispenser system that will deploy the satellite from the Delta 2 rocket during flight.

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First satellite put on launch deployer



Running Time: 6 min 59 sec
File Size: 266 MB

The GRAIL-B spacecraft is hoisted atop the launch dispenser system that will deploy the satellite from the Delta 2 rocket during flight.

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Spacecraft solar array testing



Running Time: 6 min 59 sec
File Size: 289 MB

The power-generating solar arrays on the Moon-bound GRAIL spacecraft are unfurled for pre-launch testing at the Astrotech processing facility.

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Satellites readied for launch campaign



Running Time: 6 min 15 sec
File Size: 239 MB

The GRAIL lunar mapper tandem are placed onto rotating work fixtures at the Astrotech facility following arrival in Florida so pre-flight preparations can begin.

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Unboxing the satellites



Running Time: 8 min 4 sec
File Size: 309 MB

Inside the commercially-run Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, the shipping container is opened to unpack the GRAIL spacecraft.

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Unloading at the Cape



Running Time: 10 min 20 sec
File Size: 393 MB

The Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory spacecraft are unloaded from the Air Force transport aircraft at Kennedy Space Center following shipment from Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver.

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Spacecraft shipped to Florida



Running Time: 7 min 7 sec
File Size: 270 MB

NASA's twin GRAIL lunar probes touch down on Runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida to begin final preparations for launch.

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Second stage installed



Running Time: 9 min 3 sec
File Size: 346 MB

Technicians hoist the hypergolic second stage into the launch pad 17B tower for installation onto the Delta 2 rocket as assembly continues for the GRAIL mission.

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Second stage arrives at the pad



Running Time: 5 min 35 sec
File Size: 212 MB

The second stage for the United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket for NASA's GRAIL lunar gravity mission carted to Complex 17 for stacking.

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First set of SRBs attached



Running Time: 10 min 46 sec
File Size: 412 MB

GRAIL's Delta 2-Heavy rocket is outfitted with the first three strap-on solid motors during pre-flight assembly. The mission will use a total of nine boosters.

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SRBs ready for installation



Running Time: 12 min 44 sec
File Size: 484 MB

The first set of solid-fuel boosters for the Delta 2 rocket to launch GRAIL is delivered to Cape Canaveral's pad 17B for lifting into the gantry.

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Rocket stacking underway



Running Time: 10 min 59 sec
File Size: 422 MB

On-pad assembly for the Moon-bound GRAIL mission officially gets underway as the Delta 2 rocket's first stage is erected onto the Complex 17B launch mount.

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First stage goes vertical



Running Time: 12 min 28 sec
File Size: 478 MB

The first stage of the Delta 2 rocket is picked up from its transport trailer and suspended up into the launch pad's mobile service gantry.

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Delta rocket's first stage



Running Time: 10 min 41 sec
File Size: 408 MB

To begin preparing the United Launch Alliance Delta 2-Heavy rocket for NASA's GRAIL mission, the first stage is trucked to Cape Canaveral's pad 17B.

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