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OSIRIS-REX LIFTOFF: PERFECTLY EXECUTED, ON ITS WAY TO AN ASTEROID

This launch went so smoothly, engineers were competing to perform their stages more nominally.

After more than a decade of development and weeks in excessively pristine storage, OSIRIS-REx left Earth last night at 7:05 p.m., riding the pointy end of an Atlas V rocket going more than 22,000 miles per hour. It leaped off the Complex 41 launch pad right on cue, warming spectators’ faces across the Banana River.

Read the rest on Popular Science, here.

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