Amazing Rocket Launch Photos of 2014 (Gallery)

Atlas 5 Rocket Launches NROL-67 Spy Satellite

United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket launches the classified spy satellite NROL-67 into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office on April 10, 2014 in a mission that lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Soyuz Launches Progress Cargo Vehicle April 9, 2014.

S.P. Korolev RSC "Energia"

A Progress M-23M cargo vehicle launched to the International Space Station from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on April 9, 2014.

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle Launches India Satellite

ISRO

A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle launched India's second navigation satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Center on April 4, 2014.

US Air Force DMSP-19 Weather Satellite Lifts Off

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Tyrona Lawson

The 19th U.S. Air Force Defense Meteorological Satellite Program payload launches into space atop an Atlas 5 rocket from Space Launch Complex-3 at 7:46 a.m. PDT, April 3, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Sentinel-1A Liftoff

ESA/S. Corvaja

Sentinel-1 will provide all-weather, day-or-night radar images for numerous operational services, such as emergency responses, marine and land monitoring, civil security and climate studies. Image released April 3, 2014.

Expedition 39 Launch Flight Path

NASA/Bill Ingalls

This long expsoure photograph shows the flight path of the Soyuz TMA-12M rocket as it launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

Ariane 5 Launches Astra-5B and Amazonas-4A

Arianespace

On March 22, 2014, an Ariane 5 rocket flight launched from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana on a mission to place two telecom satellites, Astra-5B and Amazonas-4A, into orbit.

Atlas V Rocket Soars into the Night

NASA/Dan Casper

Only the exhaust plume remains at Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida as the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, or TDRS-L, to Earth orbit soars into the night. Launch was at 9:33 p.m. EST Jan. 23 during a 40-minute launch window. [See more amazing TDRS-L satellite launch photos in our full gallery]

GREECE Mission Launches into Shimmering Aurora

NASA/Christopher Perry

A NASA-funded sounding rocket launches into an aurora in the early morning of March 3, 2014, over Venetie, Alaska. The GREECE mission studies how certain structures — classic curls like swirls of cream in coffee — form in the aurora.

GREECE Mission Launches into Aurora

NASA/Christopher Perry

A NASA-funded sounding rocket launches into an aurora in the early morning of March 3, 2014, over Venetie, Alaska. The GREECE mission studies how certain structures — classic curls like swirls of cream in coffee — form in the aurora.

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