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Amazing Rocket Launch Photos of 2014 (Gallery)

H-IIA Rocket Launches NASA's GPM Satellite

NASA/Bill Ingalls

A Japanese H-IIA rocket with the NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory onboard, is seen launching from the Tanegashima Space Center, Feb. 28, 2014, Tanegashima, Japan.

Blast Off! Japan Launches NASA's GPM Satellite

NASA/Bill Ingalls

A Japanese H-IIA rocket with the NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory onboard, is seen launching from the Tanegashima Space Center, Feb. 28, 2014, Tanegashima, Japan.

Proton Rocket Launches Turksat 4A

Khrunichev/ILS

The Proton rocket with Turksat 4A launched at 2109 GMT (4:09 p.m. EST) Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, or 3:09 a.m. local time Saturday at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Arianespace Ariane 5 Rocket Launches Feb. 6, 2014

Arianespace

An Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket launches toward space carrying the ABS-2 communications satellite for Asia Broadcast Satellite and the dual-broadband telecommunications satellite Athena-Fidus for France and Italy. Liftoff occurred on Feb. 6, 2014 from Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, in South America.

Progress 54 Launch

NASA TV

Russia's unmanned Progress 54 spacecraft launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Feb. 5, 2014, carrying cargo to the International Space Station. [See more launch photos.]

Atlas V Rocket Lifts Off with TDRS-L

NASA/Tony Gray

In this long-exposure photograph, a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 41 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Jan. 23, 2014, illuminating a beach restoration site at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Liftoff was at 9:33 p.m. EST boosting the agency's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, or TDRS-L, spacecraft to Earth orbit. [See more amazing TDRS-L satellite launch photos in our full gallery]

Atlas V Rocket Blasts Off with TDRS-L Spacecraft

NASA/Tony Gray and Sandy Joseph

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, or TDRS-L, spacecraft to Earth orbit. Liftoff was at 9:33 p.m. EST. [See more amazing TDRS-L satellite launch photos in our full gallery]

India’s GSLV-D5 Rocket Lifts Off with GSAT-14

Indian Space Research Organisation

The Indian Space Research Organisation's GSLV-D5 rocket successfully lifted off with the GSAT-14 satellite from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota, India on Jan. 5, 2014. [See our full gallery of India's GSAT-14 launch photos here]

India’s GSLV-D5 Rocket Blasts Off

Indian Space Research Organisation

The Indian Space Research Organisation's GSLV-D5 rocket successfully took off with GSAT-14 satellite from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota, India on Jan. 5, 2014. [See our full gallery of India's GSAT-14 launch photos here]

GSLV-D5 Takes Off with GSAT-14 Satellite

Indian Space Research Organisation

[See our full gallery of India's GSAT-14 launch photos here]

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