Photos: Atlas V Lights Up the Night Over Florida’s Space Coast, lifting GOES-R Weather Sat

Riding on pillars of smoke and flames, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral to lift into orbit the GOES-R next-generation weather satellite that will revolutionize the collection of meteorological data over the Western hemisphere.

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Photos: Soyuz lights up the Night

Temperatures were well below zero Celsius when Soyuz rumbled to life and lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 20:20 UTC on November 17, 2016, carrying into orbit a crew from Russia, France and the U.S. on a half-year mission living and working aboard the International Space Station.

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Photos: Atlas V launches from California with WorldView Imaging Satellite

Soaring into the skies over California’s coast on Friday, November 11, 2016, ULA’s Atlas V rocket resumed launches from the U.S. West Coast with the commercial WorldView-4 satellite that sets out to deliver the highest resolution imagery of Earth available on the commercial market.

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Photos: Soyuz Crew Back on Earth after four Months in Orbit

Temperatures were barely above freezing Sunday morning when a Soyuz space capsule parachuted to a safe landing in South Central Kazakhstan, returning with a crew from Russia, Japan and the U.S. after circling the Earth 1,840 times in a busy mission to the International Space Station.

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Photos: China’s Long March 2F thunders off at Dawn with Two-Man Crew

China’s Long March 2F rocket launched the country’s first crewed space flight in over three years at dawn on Monday when the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft with two crew members on board was successfully lifted into orbit for a five-week research mission to the Tiangong-2 space laboratory.

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Photos: Ariane 5’s late Afternoon Blastoff with Satellites for Australia & India

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket blasts off from the Guiana Space Center on October 5, 2016, carrying into orbit high-capacity communications satellites for Australia and India. The rocket’s 74th successful mission in a row ended with a secondary mission dedicated to study the behavior of supercold rocket propellants in Zero-G.

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