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The Mission

Rocket: Ariane 5G+
Payload: Anik F2
Date: Night of July 17/18, 2004
Window: 0044-0129 GMT (8:44-9:29 p.m. EDT)
Site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

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Launch of Apollo 11
On this 35th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission, re-live the thrilling launch as the astronauts depart Earth for their lunar voyage. (9min 01sec file)
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Thrust to the Moon
This NASA film from July 1965 entitled "Thrust to the Moon" looks at the work to develop the Saturn 5 launcher and the Apollo spacecraft. (4min 30sec file)
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Aura lifts off
The Boeing Delta 2 rocket launches NASA's Aura atmospheric research satellite July 15 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. This movie following the flight from liftoff through ignition of the second stage and jettison of the payload fairing with ground cameras and infrared trackers. (5min 12sec file)
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Aura deployed
The Aura spacecraft is deployed from the Delta 2 rocket 64 minutes after liftoff while flying over Africa. (59sec file)
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Aura launch director
This is an interview with NASA launch director Chuck Dovale following the successful launch of Aura aboard the Delta 2 rocket. (2min 48sec file)
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Titan up close
Scientists reveal stunning pictures of Saturn's moon Titan and other results during this news conference from July 3. (38min 17sec file)
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Saturn ring pictures
Cassini's stunning close-up images of the rings around Saturn, taken just after the craft entered orbit Thursday morning, are presented with expert narration by Carolyn Porco, the mission imaging team leader. (8min 39sec file)
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