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Amazing Rocket Launch Photos of 2014 (Gallery)

Antares Launches Orbital Sciences' Orb-1 Mission, Jan. 9, 2014

NASA/Bill Ingalls

An Antares Rocket launches Orbital Sciences' Orb-1 mission carrying the Cygnus cargo capsule to the International Space Station on Jan. 9, 2014, from Wallops Island, VA. [See more amazing photos of this Antares rocket launch in our full gallery here]

Antares Rocket Lifts Off from Wallops Flight Facility

Orbital Sciences

An Antares Rocket launches Orbital Sciences' Orb-1 mission carrying the Cygnus cargo capsule to the International Space Station on Jan. 9, 2014, from Wallops Island, VA. [See more amazing photos of this Antares rocket launch in our full gallery here]

Antares Soars with Orb-1 Mission: Jan. 9, 2014

Orbital Sciences

An Antares Rocket launches Orbital Sciences' Orb-1 mission carrying the Cygnus cargo capsule to the International Space Station on Jan. 9, 2014, from Wallops Island, VA. [See more amazing photos of this Antares rocket launch in our full gallery here]

Antares Soars, Jan. 9, 2014

NASA/Bill Ingalls

This photo shows an Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket as it lifts off from Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Thursday, January 9, 2014, Wallops Island, VA. [See more amazing photos of this Antares rocket launch in our full gallery here]

SpaceX Launches Telecom Satellite, Jan. 6, 2014

SpaceX

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Jan. 6, 2014, carrying the THAICOM 6 telecommunications satellite to orbit. [See more stunning SpaceX launch photos of this Falcon 9 rocket mission here]

THAICOM 6 Falcon 9 GEO Transfer Mission Launch

SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully launched the THAICOM 6 satellite for leading Asian satellite operator THAICOM on Jan 6, 2014, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. A Falcon 9 rocket delivered THAICOM 6 to its targeted geosynchronous transfer orbit at 22.5 degrees inclination. The Falcon 9 launch vehicle performed as expected, meeting 100% of mission objectives. [See more stunning SpaceX launch photos of this Falcon 9 rocket mission here]

THAICOM 6 Falcon 9 GEO Transfer Mission Launch

SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully launched the THAICOM 6 satellite for leading Asian satellite operator THAICOM on Jan 6, 2014, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. A Falcon 9 rocket delivered THAICOM 6 to its targeted geosynchronous transfer orbit at 22.5 degrees inclination. The Falcon 9 launch vehicle performed as expected, meeting 100% of mission objectives. [See more stunning SpaceX launch photos of this Falcon 9 rocket mission here]

THAICOM 6 Falcon 9 GEO Transfer Mission Launch

SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully launched the THAICOM 6 satellite for leading Asian satellite operator THAICOM on Jan 6, 2014, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. A Falcon 9 rocket delivered THAICOM 6 to its targeted geosynchronous transfer orbit at 22.5 degrees inclination. The Falcon 9 launch vehicle performed as expected, meeting 100% of mission objectives. [See more stunning SpaceX launch photos of this Falcon 9 rocket mission here]

Falcon 9 Delivering the THAICOM 6 Satellite

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On Jan. 6, 2014, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the THAICOM 6 telecommunications satellite into orbit 55,000 miles above Earth and captured this stunning view of our home planet from space. [See more stunning SpaceX launch photos of this Falcon 9 rocket mission here]

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