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. Atlas V swung to the south-east and traversed half the globe over a three-and-a-half-hour mission, in the process firing its upper stage three times to successfully send the 5,200-Kilogram GOES-R craft on its 15-year mission.

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