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May 3, 2012

In The Loop: RBSP makes its Florida debut

Both spacecraft shown in the bases of their individual custom-built shipping containers;
NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) spacecraft A is shown here as the top is removed from its protective container on May 2 at the Astrotech Space Operations facility, where RBSP will begin launch processing. The twin spacecraft arrived at the Kennedy Space Center on May 1; RBSP is scheduled for an August 23, 2012 launch. Credit: JHU/APL

The Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission is part of NASA’s Living With a Star program, which is managed by Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., manages the mission and is building and will operate the RBSP spacecraft for NASA.

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