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This framegrab image provided by NASA-TV shows the Atlas V first stage and Centaur upper stage as it lifts off the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida early Thursday Aug. 30, 2012. The Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission is a 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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