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PostFri Aug 24, 2012 9:52 am » by *WillEase*


This morning's countdown to liftoff of NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes spacecraft continues as planned at Space Launch Complex-41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The countdown has entered the final built-in hold at the T-4 minute mark and the launch team is not working on any technical issues with the spacecraft or the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

Weather continues to be favorable, with forecasters now predicting a 90 percent chance of allowable conditions at launch time. Launch remains set for 4:07 a.m. EDT at the start of a 20-minute launch window.

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PostFri Aug 24, 2012 10:08 am » by Spock


Any minute now. Clear night. Wonder if I'll see it from here hundreds of miles away.

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PostFri Aug 24, 2012 10:12 am » by *WillEase*


They are locked in the four minute hold. The launch window is 20 minutes so we'll see. :look:
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PostFri Aug 24, 2012 10:13 am » by *WillEase*


Spock wrote:Any minute now. Clear night. Wonder if I'll see it from here hundreds of miles away.


On a clear night you can...at least from Tampa.
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PostFri Aug 24, 2012 10:16 am » by Spock


Yea, I was at New Smyrna beach on my first wedding honeymoon when a space shuttle went up from the cape. 60 miles away and we still heard and felt it. You couldn't actually see the shuttle itself, but the plume was massive.

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PostFri Aug 24, 2012 10:18 am » by *WillEase*


Delayed till 4:25 am EST...
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PostFri Aug 24, 2012 10:26 am » by *WillEase*


:hell: Scrubbed till tomorrow :hell:
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PostFri Aug 24, 2012 10:35 am » by *WillEase*


Well, perhaps it's a good thing the launch was delayed. More of you will know about the launch.
Meanwhile, here is the rollout of the RBSP probes on Atlas V...


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PostSat Aug 25, 2012 4:02 am » by *WillEase*


Just a reminder...
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For those of you that can't see the launch from your back yard...
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PostSat Aug 25, 2012 4:06 am » by *WillEase*


One thing about this comes to mind...the probes are for studying the radiation belts. Why now instead of say, before you sent astronauts through them.
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