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Amazing Launch Photos: Blastoff for Navy's Next-Gen MUOS-1 Satellite

LIFTOFF! Atlas 5 Launches MUOS-1

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An Atlas 5 rocket launches into space carrying the U.S. Navy's MUOS-1 communications satellite on Feb. 24, 2012. Liftoff occured at 5:15 p.m. ET (2215 GMT) from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Rocket Night Lights

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 stands ready to launch the MUOS-1 satellite for the U.S. Navy in February 2012 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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MUOS-1 Satellite Launch: View from Space

MUOS-1 Launch Contrail

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A misty contrail is all that remains behind after the successful launch of an Untied Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket carrying the U.S. Navy's new MUOS-1 communications satellite on Feb. 24, 2011 from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

U.S. Navy's MUOS-1 Mission

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The mission poster for the U.S. Navy's MUOS-1 satellite mission. MUOS-1 is an advanced next-generation communications satellite for the U.S. military that launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket on Feb. 24, 2012 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

John Glenn and Wife at ULA

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United Launch Alliance President and CEO Michael Gass welcomes Sen. John Glenn and his wife Annie to the Atlas Spaceflight Operations Center for the first launch attempt of the U.S. Navy's MUOS-1 satellite on Feb. 16, 2012 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

MUOS-1 Satellite's Atlas 5 Rocket

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V carrying the U.S. Navy's MUOS-1 satellite is rolled to the launch pad at SLC-41 in preparation for launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Feb. 2012.

Atlas 5 Rocket Poised to Launch MUOS-1

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A United Launch Alliance rocket carrying the U.S. Navy's MUOS-1 satellite stands poised for launch in this view from a ULA webcast on Feb. 16, 2012.

MUOS-1 Satellite at T-minus 4 Minutes

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MUOS-1 Satellite sits in the T-minus 4 minutes hold, February 16, 2012.

Atlas 5 Rocket Poised to Launch MUOS-1

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A United Launch Alliance rocket carrying the U.S. Navy's MUOS-1 satellite stands poised for launch in this view from a ULA webcast on Feb. 16, 2012.

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