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Liftoff of SDO!



Date: February 11, 2010
Running Time: 5 min 45 sec
File Size: 214 MB

An Atlas 5 rocket launches from Cape Canaveral at 10:23 a.m. EST carrying the Solar Dynamics Observatory, a NASA spacecraft that will stare directly at the Sun continuously for the next decade to observe the star's behavior and how it influences life on Earth.

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Spaceflight Now's view



Date: February 11, 2010
Running Time: 3 min 52 sec
File Size: 141 MB

This is Spaceflight Now's view of the Atlas 5 rocket launch as seen from the Kennedy Space Center's Complex 39 press site.

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Launch Replays: VAB roof



Date: February 11, 2010
Running Time: 3 min 10 sec
File Size: 116 MB

Launch of the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft aboard an Atlas 5 rocket is captured in this camera on the Vehicle Assembly Building roof. (Includes live launch audio!)

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Launch Replays: Pad 39A



Date: February 11, 2010
Running Time: 56 sec
File Size: 34 MB

Launch of the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft aboard an Atlas 5 rocket is captured in this angle from a camera positioned on pad 39A. (Includes live launch audio!)

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Launch Replays: Shuttle pad



Date: February 11, 2010
Running Time: 26 sec
File Size: 16 MB

Launch of the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft aboard an Atlas 5 rocket is captured in this angle from a camera located on a mound near the space shuttle pad. (Includes live launch audio!)

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Launch Replays: West of pad



Date: February 11, 2010
Running Time: 1 min 3 sec
File Size: 37 MB

Launch of the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft aboard an Atlas 5 rocket is captured in this angle from a camera positioned west of Complex 41. (Includes live launch audio!)

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Launch Replays: UCS 15 tracker



Date: February 11, 2010
Running Time: 3 min 15 sec
File Size: 118 MB

Launch of the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft aboard an Atlas 5 rocket is captured by the UCS 15 tracking camera. (Includes live launch audio!)

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Launch Replays: UCS 23 tracker



Date: February 11, 2010
Running Time: 3 min 39 sec
File Size: 132 MB

Launch of the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft aboard an Atlas 5 rocket is captured by the UCS 23 tracking camera. (Includes live launch audio!)

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Launch Replays: North Beach



Date: February 11, 2010
Running Time: 1 min 32 sec
File Size: 25 MB

Launch of the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft aboard an Atlas 5 rocket is captured by the North Beach tracking camera. (Includes live launch audio!)

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Launch Replays: Banana Creek



Date: February 11, 2010
Running Time: 41 sec
File Size: 34 MB

Launch of the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft aboard an Atlas 5 rocket is captured in this angle from a camera positioned at the Banana Creek VIP Site. (Includes live launch audio!)

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Winds thwart first countdown



Date: February 10, 2010
Running Time: 3 min 48 sec
File Size: 139 MB

The first attempt to launch the Solar Dynamics Observatory was scrubbed on February 10 due to high winds blowing out of limits at the Complex 41 pad.

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SDO's pre-launch campaign



Date: February 10, 2010
Running Time: 5 min 10 sec
File Size: 189 MB

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

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Rocket's pre-launch campaign



Date: February 10, 2010
Running Time: 8 min 44 sec
File Size: 315 MB

This narrated movie compiles the highlights from the Atlas 5 rocket's pre-flight campaign at Cape Canaveral in preparation to launch the Solar Dynamics Observatory.

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Rocket rolls to the launch pad



Date: February 9, 2010
Running Time: 5 min 42 sec
File Size: 210 MB

The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket that will deliver NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory into orbit journeys from the 30-story Vertical Integration Facility to Cape Canaveral's Complex 41 pad for launch.

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Sun satellite put atop rocket for launch



Date: January 26, 2010
Running Time: 4 min 58 sec
File Size: 180 MB

The spacecraft NASA is calling the "crown jewel" mission for probing solar physics is delivered to the rocket assembly building at Cape Canaveral's Complex 41 and mounted aboard its Atlas 5 launcher.

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All aboard the transporter



Date: January 23, 2010
Running Time: 6 min 25 sec
File Size: 235 MB

Inside the airlock of the cleanroom facility at Astrotech, the encapsulated SDO spacecraft is placed aboard the transporter trailer for its trip to the launch site.

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Payload encapsulated



Date: January 21, 2010
Running Time: 6 min 50 sec
File Size: 249 MB

At a satellite-readying hangar outside the Kennedy Space Center, NASA's sophisticated new Sun-studying probe was enclosed within the giant metal fairing that will shroud the craft during ascent to space atop an Atlas 5 booster.

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Spacecraft fueled up



Date: January 7, 2010
Running Time: 8 min 22 sec
File Size: 307 MB

The ground team loads maneuvering fuel into the Solar Dynamics Observatory while wearing protective SCAPE suits during this hazardous operation.

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Centaur added atop first stage



Date: December 21, 2009
Running Time: 6 min 00 sec
File Size: 219 MB

The Centaur upper stage that will propel NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory into geosynchronous transfer orbit is mounted atop the Atlas 5 rocket's first stage.

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Atlas first stage erected



Date: December 15, 2009
Running Time: 6 min 54 sec
File Size: 252 MB

The Atlas 5 rocket's first stage is moved from the Atlas Spaceflight Operations Center to the Vertical Integration Facility where it is hoisted upright for stacking atop a mobile launch platform.

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Appendages extended in auto test



Date: November 16, 2009
Running Time: 3 min 05 sec
File Size: 112 MB

The communications booms and the power-generating solar wings of the Solar Dynamics Observatory are deployed in an autonomous test.

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Manual test of solar arrays



Date: November 9, 2009
Running Time: 2 min 35 sec
File Size: 95 MB

Technicians help to manually deploy the solar arrays on the Solar Dynamics Observatory during pre-launch testing.

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Dish pointing tests



Date: August 11, 2009
Running Time: 4 min 19 sec
File Size: 158 MB

The dish-shaped communications antenna on the Solar Dynamics Observatory is gimbaled to test its ability to properly move and point.

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Manual test of antenna boom



Date: July 15, 2009
Running Time: 2 min 33 sec
File Size: 94 MB

Technicians help to manually deploy the high-gain antenna communications arm from the Solar Dynamics Observatory during pre-launch testing.

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SDO arrives at the launch site



Date: July 10, 2009
Running Time: 9 min 54 sec
File Size: 363 MB

Inside the Astrotech processing facility in Titusville, Florida, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is unpacked from its shipping container.

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