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The act of propelling a space vehicle through the atmosphere and into space. This normally involves rockets, a satellite or space probe, and the payloads on board the spacecraft. Although a launch begins with lift-off, months are spent on pre-launch activities.

http://www.fas.org/spp/guide/usa/launch/ Part of the World Space Guide, this site includes statistics and a history of the USA's launch systems. Each spacecraft description is accompanied by a simple diagram or photograph.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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