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In this image, a group of people are standing on a strip of grass on the shore of the Banana River, across from the Launch 41 Complex where the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was launched.  In the middle of the image is the rocket itself lifting off the launch pad.  Yellow fire spits from the bottom of the rocket and clouds of smoke billow just to the right of the launch pad.
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Next Stop, Mars!

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter lifted off this morning at 7:43 AM EDT from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The spacecraft is healthy and communicating with ground controllers and the team is overjoyed!

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