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Feel the vibrations:

With onboard cameras:

Launch scrubbed. Launch rescheduled for Friday morning.

Orion on Delta IV Heavy awaiting launch Thursday morning

Orion on Delta IV Heavy awaiting launch Thursday morning

Beautiful Hayabusa 2 launch from Tanegashima Space Center.

More about Hayabusa 2:

“Asteroid Explorer “Hayabusa2” is a successor of “Hayabusa” (MUSES-C), which revealed several new technologies and returned to Earth in June 2010.
While establishing a new navigation method using ion engines, Hayabusa brought back samples from the asteroid “Itokawa” to help elucidate the origin of the solar system. Hayabusa2 will target a C-type asteroid “1999 JU3” to study the origin and evolution of the solar system as well as materials for life by leveraging the experience acquired from the Hayabusa mission.
To learn more about the origin and evolution of the solar system, it is important to investigate typical types of asteroids, namely S-, C-, and D-type asteroids. A C-type asteroid, which is a target of Hayabusa2, is a more primordial body than Itokawa, which is an S-type asteroid, and is considered to contain more organic or hydrated minerals — although both S- and C- types have lithologic characteristics. Minerals and seawater which form the Earth as well as materials for life are believed to be strongly connected in the primitive solar nebula in the early solar system, thus we expect to clarify the origin of life by analyzing samples acquired from a primordial celestial body such as a C-type asteroid to study organic matter and water in the solar system and how they coexist while affecting each other. “-JAXA (Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency)

image credit: JAXA click to enlarge

image credit: JAXA
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image credit: JAXA click to enlarge

Hayabusa 2 Project Page at JAXA

Great rendering of what it may look like in 2018 with both SLS and SpaceX Falcon Heavy on the pads

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rendering by Nathan Koga (click to enlarge)

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36.5 seconds after launch , Apollo 12 was hit by lightning. Here is a great review from the movie “Failure Is Not An Option”

First the Antares explosion and now

Virgin Galactic SpacehipTwo crashes

First Feathered Flight of SpaceShipTwo - photo credit: Virgin Galactic

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