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New Horizons: The launch experience
Posted: January 21, 2006
Duration: 15 min
Watch the Lockheed Martin launch team do its job and then the Atlas 5 roar to orbit in this expanded movie of the New Horizons liftoff. The movie begins when the countdown resumes from the T-minus 4 minute hold point as the Atlas team shifts into high gear for the hectic last minutes of preparations for launch. The main engine fires to life and then the five solid rocket boosters light. Less than 11 minutes later, the Centaur second stage puts New Horizons into its initial orbit.
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New Horizons launch: Pad base camera
Posted: January 21, 2006
Duration: 18 sec
From the base of the launch pad at Cape Canaveral's Complex 41, this camera shows the thunderous departure of the Atlas 5 rocket carrying NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. (Includes live launch sounds and commentary!)
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New Horizons launch: East camera
Posted: January 21, 2006
Duration: 23 sec
This camera on the east side of Complex 41 offers a dramatic view of the flame trench as the deluge water floods in the final seconds, followed by ignition of the RD-180 main engine and then the powerful kick from the five solid rocket boosters lifts the Atlas 5 rocket off the pad. (Includes live launch sounds and commentary!)
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New Horizons: Booster close-up
Posted: January 21, 2006
Duration: 24 sec
This close-up camera view shows the lower portion of the Lockheed Martin Atlas 5 rocket as the main engine and then solid motors ignite for launch of New Horizons. (Includes live launch sounds and commentary!)
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New Horizons launch: VIF camera
Posted: January 21, 2006
Duration: 23 sec
The Lockheed Martin Atlas 5 rocket climbs away from the launch pad as seen from a camera on the Vertical Integration Facility at Complex 41 where the vehicle was assembled for flight. (Includes live launch sounds and commentary!)
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New Horizons launch: VAB roof
Posted: January 21, 2006
Duration: 48 sec
A camera atop the 52-story space shuttle Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center captured this view of the Pluto New Horizons launch aboard a Lockheed Martin Atlas 5 rocket. (Includes live launch sounds and commentary!)
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New Horizons launch: UCS 23
Posted: January 21, 2006
Duration: 1 min 30 sec
The UCS 23 tracking camera positioned south of the launch pad focuses on the RD-180 main engine and the strap-on solid rocket booster performance during the Atlas 5 launch of NASA's New Horizons probe. (Includes live launch sounds and commentary!)
UCS 23
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New Horizons launch: UCS 15
Posted: January 21, 2006
Duration: 29 sec
The UCS 15 tracking camera positioned west of the Complex 41 launch pad captured this angle of the Atlas 5 launching NASA's New Horizons probe. (Includes live launch sounds and commentary!)
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New Horizons launch: Playalinda Beach
Posted: January 21, 2006
Duration: 3 min 41 sec
The Playalinda Beach tracking camera offers the longest view of the Atlas 5 rocket's initial climb skyward from liftoff through jettison of the nose cone shrouding New Horizons. (Includes live launch audio!)
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New Horizons launch: Watching the roll
Posted: January 21, 2006
Duration: 26 sec
As the Atlas 5 rocket cleared its launch pad, the vehicle performed pitch, yaw and roll maneuvers to achieve a flight profile that minimized aerodynamic loads. The roll maneuver is quite pronounced in this view. (Includes live launch sounds and commentary!)
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New Horizons launch: Complex 39
Posted: January 21, 2006
Duration: 32 sec
A camera positioned in the yard near the famed Kennedy Space Center countdown clock at the Complex 39 press site captured this view of the Atlas 5 rocket launching New Horizons from nearby Complex 41. (Includes live launch sounds and commentary!)
Complex 39
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New Horizons: Third stage burn
Posted: January 20, 2006
Duration: 5 min 58 sec
After coasting for a few minutes in the parking orbit, the Lockheed Martin Atlas 5 rocket's Centaur second stage was re-ignited to propel New Horizons out of Earth orbit. This movie covers the completion of Centaur's second burn, spin up, separation and firing of the solid-fuel ATK Star 48 third stage provided by Boeing, and then deployment of New Horizons to conclude the launch.
New Horizons third stage
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New Horizons: Post-launch news conference
Posted: January 19, 2006
Duration: 17 min 54 sec
With New Horizons safely on its way to Pluto, mission managers gather for the post-launch news conference two hours after the Lockheed Martin Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral.
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New Horizon launch pad camera view
Posted: January 19, 2006
Duration: 7 sec
A camera at the base of launch pad 41 captures the launch of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft atop a Lockheed Martin Atlas 5 rocket. The probe will arrive at Pluto in 2015 after a 3.6 billion mile journey.
Pluto launch pad view
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New Horizons: NASA launch manager
Posted: January 19, 2006
Duration: 2 min 38 sec
NASA Launch Manager Omar Baez is interviewed by Kennedy Space Center spokesman Bruce Buckingham a few minutes after the successful deployment of New Horizons. Baez talks about results of the launch and the challenges of the past few days that had delayed mission.
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New Horizons: Spacecraft separation
Posted: January 19, 2006
Duration: 1 min 1 sec
The New Horizons spacecraft is successfully deployed from the third stage motor, completing the probe's launch from Earth for the start of a nine-year voyage to Pluto.
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New Horizons: Solid rocket booster separation
Posted: January 19, 2006
Duration: 36 sec
The five solid rocket boosters that gave a powerful kick at liftoff burn out of propellant and successfully separation from the Atlas 5 vehicle as seen live with a ground tracking camera.
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New Horizons launch viewed from the Press Site
Posted: January 19, 2006
Duration: 39 sec
The launch of NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto is viewed from the launch complex 39 press site at the Kennedy Space Center. The Lockheed Martin Atlas 5 rocket launched from launch complex 41 at Cape Canaveral.
Press Site view of Pluto launch
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Atlas rocket blasts off with New Horizons probe
Posted: January 19, 2006
Duration: 3 min 44 sec
NASA's New Horizon mission to Pluto lifts off atop a Lockheed Martin Atlas 5 rocket. The probe launched at 2 p.m. EST from launch complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Pluto probe launched
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New Horizons: Atlas 5 launch campaign
Posted: January 18, 2006
Duration: 5 min 33 sec
Footage of the Lockheed Martin Atlas 5 rocket being assembled for launch of the New Horizons spacecraft is compiled into this movie. Mission Integration Manager Mike Stelzer provides expert narration.
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