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Atlas 5 Rocket Launch Lit Up Miami's Sky,
and Everyone Freaked Out

September 5, 2015


Aliens? Nuclear strike? Nah, just an old-fashioned Cape Canaveral rocket launch.
photo by National Weather Service Miami

BY Tim Elfrink - Miami New Times
"Oh my God," a woman intones, a shaky camera phone aimed at the sky. "There's something that is releasing a whole bunch of light in the... Oh my God!"

No, the clip isn't the beginning of the latest insufferable "found footage" horror flick about an alien invasion. It's just one of the hundreds of tweets, Facebook updates, and cell-phone videos uploaded by terrified Miamians who spotted a freakish burst of light over the horizon early this morning.

Guys, chillax. The spectacle was the Atlas 5 rocket launching off Cape Canaveral. Since the death of NASA's space shuttle program, South Florida has lost the hang of seeing stuff blasted into the ether.

The Atlas 5 blasted off from the Space Coast just after 6 a.m. today with a new $7.6 billion Navy satellite system strapped to the nose of the 21-story rocket. The private United Launch Alliance is operating the spacecraft, which was delayed several days by the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika moving over Florida.

The explosive engines creating the 2.5 million pounds of thrust to get the rocket into orbit also lit up the early-morning sky as the Atlas 5 arced over South Florida.

In Miami, the rocket set off a mini-War of the Worlds moment on Twitter.

SOURCE:
Miami New Times

Atlas V rocket successfully launches Friday morning

United Launch Alliance successfully launched an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station early Friday. See how it looked from the Treasure Coast.


A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lights up the sky just before sunrise October 2, 2015, as seen from Museum Pointe Park in Fort Pierce. The rocket was carrying Mexico's Morelos 3 communications satellite into orbit. (by Christopher Arnold) - SOURCE


The early morning light illuminates the trail of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket just before sunrise on October 2, 2015. The rocket was carrying Mexico's Morelos 3 communications satellite into orbit. (by Christopher Arnold) - SOURCE


Rocket launch Oct. 2, 2015. Photo taken by Fran Anderson in Vero Beach. - SOURCE


Atlas V rocket launch (9/02/15) Looking down range - SOURCE


Atlas V rocket launch (9/02/15) - SOURCE


Atlas V rocket launch (9/02/15) - SOURCE


Atlas V rocket launch (9/02/15) View from second stage after booster separation - SOURCE

Atlas V rocket launch lights up Southwest Florida sky NBC2 News



Published on Sep 2, 2015
The Atlas V rocket successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station 41 early Wednesday morning to deliver a Navy communications satellite into orbit. Launched by ULA United Launch Alliance
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Launch of GPS IIF-11 on Atlas V Rocket from Cape Canaveral



Published on Oct 31, 2015

An American Atlas V 401 rocket successfully launched today, October 31st 2015, at 14:13 UTC carrying the GPS IIF-11 satellite into orbit for the US Air Force. The Atlas V 401 rocket was the 59th launch of an Atlas V vehicle.

Launch of GPS IIF-12 on Atlas V Rocket from Cape Canaveral



Published on Feb 5, 2016

An American Atlas V 401 rocket successfully launched today, February 5th 2016, at 13:38 UTC UTC carrying the GPS IIF-12 satellite into orbit for the US Air Force. The Atlas V 401 rocket was the 61st launch of an Atlas V vehicle.


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