NASA launches twin probes to explore radiation belts

Associated Press
This framegrab image provided by NASA-TV shows the Atlas V first stage and Centaur upper stage sitting on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida just prior to launch early Thursday Aug. 30, 2012. The planned launch is scheduled for 4:05 a.m. EDT Thursday of NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes. The RBSP is pair of identical spacecraft loaded with scienitific instruments which will follow each other through the Van Allen radiation belts around the Earth to gain unprecedented knowledge about the region. (AP Photo/NASA)

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The twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes launched at 4:05 a.m. EDT on Aug. 30 from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, lighting up the predawn sky as it soared into space atop an unmanned United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket.

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