Mysterious satellite launched from Florida by Atlas 5 rocket

September 17, 2014 4:43 AM

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Rocketing through gloomy skies with a payload clouded in a veil of secrecy, a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket fired away from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday to deploy a satellite thousands of miles above Earth.

An Atlas 5 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Complex 41 launch pad Tuesday night. Credit: United Launch Alliance The 189-foot-tall booster, glistening in frost from tens of thousands of gallons of super-cold cryogenic propellant, lit its Russian-made RD-180 engine and lifted off at 8:10 p.m. ...

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