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Launch Photos: US Air Force's Wideband Global SATCOM 8 Blasts Off

WGS-8 Launch: Close-Up View

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A close-up view of the launch of the U.S. Air Force's WGS-8 satellite on Dec. 7, 2016.

WGS-8 Satellite Launches on Dec. 7, 2016

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The U.S. Air Force's WGS-8 satellite launches atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium rocket on Dec. 7, 2016.

Delta IV Medium Blazes Trail of Light

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A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium rocket blazes a light trail through the sky on Dec. 7, 2016.

WGS-8 Mission Lifts Off

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The U.S. military's WGS-8 satellite lifts off atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium rocket on Dec. 7, 2016.

WGS-8 Mission Rises into the Sky

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A Delta IV Medium rocket carrying the WGS-8 military communications satellite rises into the sky above Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Dec. 7, 2016.

Delta IV Medium Jettisons Solid Rocket Boosters

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The Delta IV Medium launcher carrying the U.S. military's WGS-8 satellite jettisons its solid rocket boosters shortly after lifting off on Dec. 7, 2016.

WGS-8 Mission Shortly Before Launch

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A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket and its WGS-8 satellite payload sit ready to launch on Dec. 7, 2016.

WGS-8 Launch Prep: Tower Rolled Back

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The Mobile Service Tower is rolled back from the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the WGS-8 mission for the U.S. Air Force in preparation for its Dec. 7, 2016 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Looking Down on Delta IV Rocket

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The view from above the Delta IV Medium rocket carrying the U.S. military's WGS-8 satellite.

Delta IV Rocket with WGS-8 Satellite

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At Space Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the Mobile Service Tower is rolled back from the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the WGS-8 mission for the U.S. Air Force in preparation for a Dec. 7, 2016 launch.

Delta IV Rocket with WGS-8 Satellite

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A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket carrying the U.S. military's Wideband Global SATCOM 8 satellite rolls out to its Cape Canaveral Air Force Station launchpad in Florida ahead of its Dec. 7, 2016 launch.

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