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We are pleased to offer the following high definition video of the Radiation Belt Storm Probes to our Spaceflight Now Plus subscribers. These video files are presented in 720p resolution. Learn how you can subscribe to Spaceflight Now Plus.

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Full launch experience



Running Time: 22 min 17 sec
File Size: 712 MB
Date: Aug. 30, 2012

This longer-length movie captures the final portion of the launch countdown and follows the Atlas 5 rocket's flight through arrival in the preliminary orbit carrying the Radiation Belt Storm Probes.

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RBSP launch as seen live



Running Time: 5 min 5 sec
File Size: 189 MB
Date: Aug. 30, 2012

The Atlas 5 rocket launches the Radiation Belt Storm Probes from Cape Canaveral's Complex 41 at 4:05 a.m. EDT to examine the harshest near-Earth region of space.

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Launch replays: Umbilicals



Running Time: 16 sec
File Size: 11 MB
Date: Aug. 30, 2012

A zoomed-in camera at Complex 41 shows the umbilicals retracting from the Atlas 5 rocket at liftoff. (Replay includes live natural audio!)

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Launch replays: VAB roof



Running Time: 3 min 46 sec
File Size: 143 MB
Date: Aug. 30, 2012

A high definition camera atop the Vehicle Assembly Building roof captures the launch of the Atlas 5 rocket carrying the RBSP spacecraft. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch replays: Beach tracker



Running Time: 2 min 22 sec
File Size: 90 MB
Date: Aug. 30, 2012

The UCS-3 camera mound near the beach southeast of the Atlas 5 rocket follows the booster off the launch pad. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch replays: RD-180 main engine



Running Time: 1 min 6 sec
File Size: 41 MB
Date: Aug. 30, 2012

Another powerful tracking camera gives this spectacular view of the dual-nozzle RD-180 main engine of the Atlas 5 rocket launch. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch replays: Static Test Road



Running Time: 2 min 37 sec
File Size: 100 MB
Date: Aug. 30, 2012

This perspective of the RBSP launch was captured from the Static Test Road viewing location southwest of Complex 41. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch replays: NASA Causeway



Running Time: 1 min 43 sec
File Size: 65 MB
Date: Aug. 30, 2012

The Atlas 5 rocket's departure from Earth is seen in this view from the south of Cape Canaveral's Complex 41 looking across the waterway. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch replays: Pad camera



Running Time: 21 sec
File Size: 14 MB
Date: Aug. 30, 2012

A close-up camera positioned at the base of Complex 41 offers this dramatic view of ignition and liftoff. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Atlas rocket's pre-launch campaign



Running Time: 7 min 36 sec
File Size: 290 MB
Date: Aug. 24, 2012

This narrated movie compiles the highlights from the Atlas 5 rocket's pre-flight campaign at Cape Canaveral in preparation to launch the Radiation Belt Storm Probes.

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RBSP's pre-launch campaign



Running Time: 9 min 31 sec
File Size: 370 MB
Date: Aug. 24, 2012

This narrated movie compiles the highlights of the Radiation Belt Storm Probes undergoing the pre-launch preparation campaign in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Rollout to launch pad



Running Time: 9 min 37 sec
File Size: 370 MB
Date: Aug. 22, 2012

Riding aboard the mobile launch platform, the Atlas 5 rocket is rolled from the Vertical Integration Facility to the Complex 41 pad for the Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission.

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RBSP mounted atop Atlas 5



Running Time: 9 min 56 sec
File Size: 378 MB
Date: Aug. 10, 2012

The Radiation Belt Storm Probes, already nestled inside the rocket's nose cone, are delivered to the Vertical Integration Facility and hoisted atop the Atlas 5 rocket.

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All aboard the transporter



Running Time: 4 min 42 sec
File Size: 181 MB
Date: Aug. 9, 2012

The encapsulated payload is lifted aboard the special transporter machine that will carry the satellites to the Atlas 5 rocket's assembly building.

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Putting nose cone around RBSP



Running Time: 6 min 36 sec
File Size: 253 MB
Date: Aug. 6, 2012

The two halves of the four-meter-diameter nose cone for the Atlas 5 rocket are moved around the RBSP spacecraft for encapsulation.

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Two satellites stacked



Running Time: 5 min 39 sec
File Size: 216 MB
Date: July 27, 2012

The two Radiation Belt Storm Probes are stacked one atop the other into their launch configuration.

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Centaur upper stage installed



Running Time: 8 min 42 sec
File Size: 332 MB
Date: July 16, 2012

The Centaur upper stage with its venerable RL10 engine for burning cryogenic liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen is lifted atop the first stage to complete the initial build-up of the Atlas 5.

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Time-lapse: Centaur stage



Running Time: 48 sec
File Size: 30 MB
Date: July 16, 2012

This time-lapsed clip shows the Atlas 5 rocket's Centaur upper stage being erected for the RBSP launch.

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Time-lapse: First stage



Running Time: 38 sec
File Size: 24 MB
Date: July 13, 2012

This time-lapsed clip shows the Atlas 5 rocket's first stage being erected for the RBSP launch.

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First stage erected



Running Time: 6 min 42 sec
File Size: 257 MB
Date: July 13, 2012

The first stage of the Atlas 5 rocket with its RD-180 main engine for burning refined kerosene and liquid oxygen is erected aboard the mobile launch platform at the Vertical Integration Facility.

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Nose cone readied



Running Time: 4 min 18 sec
File Size: 165 MB
Date: July 12, 2012

The two-piece Atlas 5 nose cone to shroud RBSP during launch is unbagged and prepared for use.

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Spinning the probes



Running Time: 5 min 40 sec
File Size: 216 MB
Date: June 27, 2012

Ground technicians working at the Astrotech processing facility perform spin-balance testing on the Radiation Belt Storm Probes before launch.

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Up-close with RBSP



Running Time: 3 min 00 sec
File Size: 115 MB
Date: June 19, 2012

Get an up-close look at one of the Radiation Belt Storm Probes as it is rotated from horizontal to vertical for further testing and thermal blanket installation.

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Atlas booster arrives



Running Time: 8 min 23 sec
File Size: 321 MB
Date: June 19, 2012

After arriving at Port Canaveral aboard the Delta Mariner cargo ship, the Atlas 5 rocket first stage is offloaded and taken the Atlas Spaceflight Operations Center.

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Centaur stage arrives



Running Time: 6 min 50 sec
File Size: 262 MB
Date: May 25, 2012

The Delta Mariner vessel delivers the Centaur upper stage to Cape Canaveral from the rocket manufacturing plant in Alabama for the RBSP launch.

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The solar panels



Running Time: 3 min 22 sec
File Size: 128 MB
Date: May 2, 2012

The power-generating solar array panels are unboxed for their eventual installation onto the twin RBSP spacecraft.

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Unpacking the probes



Running Time: 7 min 35 sec
File Size: 291 MB
Date: May 2, 2012

The Radiation Belt Storm Probes are removed from the shipping containers at the Astrotech processing facility cleanroom to begin preparations for launch.

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RBSP arrives in Florida



Running Time: 15 min 5 sec
File Size: 575 MB
Date: May 1, 2012

NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes arrive at the Kennedy Space Center aboard a military transport aircraft to begin the launch campaign.

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Expedition 28 to space station
Shuttle mission STS-134
ISS Expedition 27 launch
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Maiden launch of SpaceX Falcon 9
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Shuttle mission STS-130
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Shuttle mission STS-129
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Shuttle mission STS-127
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LRO and LCROSS lunar launch
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GLAST gamma ray observatory launch

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