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RBSP: Studying the Sun's Influence on Earth

Published on Aug 22, 2012 by NASAKennedy

Two wide rings of high-intensity particles encircle our planet's equator. Known as the Van Allen Radiation Belts, their behavior in response to the sun directly impacts life on Earth and in orbit. NASA's two-year Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission aims to study this ever-changing space environment in greater detail than ever before.

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Excellent Video, and this mission might be the best taxpayer money spent in a long time!
The information obtained from the probes could provide many answers. 11 years to get to this point.....excitement.
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Find Jim in the video

The closest match was between 54 & 57 seconds, furthest guy back, but I think you're taller than him  ;)
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Now I see you Jim!  Hehe
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RBSP Teams Preparing for Overnight Launch Countdown
Thu, 23 Aug 2012 02:52:44 PM UTC+0100

At Space Launch Complex-41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, there is relatively minor activity at the pad today as personnel rest for the overnight countdown to liftoff of NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes. Countdown preparations will begin tonight at 8:52 p.m. EDT and spacecraft engineers will start configuring RBSP for launch at approximately 10 p.m.

The terminal countdown operation begins at 12:57 a.m., at which time the launch pad will be cleared of personnel in preparation for fueling the Atlas V rocket. Loading cryogenic propellants begins at 1:42 a.m. The weather forecast continues to reflect only a 30 percent chance of not meeting the launch weather criteria, calling for temperatures near 78 degrees and light southeasterly winds at the targeted 4:07 a.m. liftoff time.

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/rss_feed_collex_archive_1.html

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Heh, now that's what I call a Jim Profile picture! :)

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Heh, now that's what I call a Jim Profile picture! :)

So now I can put a face to the name & in such an impressive location. :)

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Join Us Overnight for the RBSP Launch Countdown
Thu, 23 Aug 2012 11:26:35 PM UTC+0100

NASA's two-year Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission is slated to begin early Friday morning with a ride to orbit aboard the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex-41 is set for 4:07 a.m. EDT at the start of a 20-minute launch window.

Join us for live countdown coverage starting at 1:30 a.m. NASA TV will feature full televised coverage at http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv while blogger Steve Siceloff provides updates from the Launch Vehicle Data Center on NASA's Launch Blog at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/rbsp/launch/launch_blog.html.
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A 4:07 AM launch? Why that is positively a decent hour compared to some we've had lately :D
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On console now, its going to be a long nite.

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 doing comm checks
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On console now, its going to be a long nite.

Fingers crossed here. Sure to be a great show (as always).
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William Graham's excellent launch/mission overview:

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/08/nasa-rbsp-spacecraft-ride-ula-atlas-v/

Everyone please keep this update ticking over (if there are any updates of value), I'll be back about an hour prior to launch.

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