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Atlas V Rocket Launch Illuminates Skies from Kennedy Space Center

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atlasvcliolaunch-8542804Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests at the Apollo/Saturn V Center inside Kennedy Space Center experienced the unforgettable sights, sounds and earth-shaking vibrations of an Atlas V rocket launch today at 8:10 p.m. United Launch Alliance launched the Atlas V rocket carrying a classified CLIO satellite for the U.S. Government.

“I don’t think I could have ever expected that,” said Villa Collins visiting from San Jose, California. “I was extremely excited from the beginning but the anticipation to actually see it light up, feel the growl and just the amazing fact that I got to see a launch was the best experience I’ve had in a lifetime.”
“We’ve been waiting to see a launch and we came over in March when one was due and it never went off, so we were back on holiday and came today just to watch and see the launch go off,” said Elaine and Andy Eggett of Yorkshire, England. “It was brilliant, it was really exciting.”
The launch today is one of numerous rocket launches taking place at Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station each year, carrying not only NASA science missions and government satellites, but also testing commercial space endeavors such as SpaceX.
2014 Rocket Launch Schedule (schedule subject to change):
Sept. 19 (no earlier than)                     SpaceX 4 commercial resupply services flight
Oct. 29                                                            Atlas V: GPS IIF-8
December TBD                                   Delta IV: ULA Orion Exploration Flight Test-1
Dec. 5                                                  SpaceX 5 commercial resupply services flight
A list of upcoming launches, launch-related activities and other special events are available online at or by calling 866-737-5235.