Launch Photos: EchoStar 19 Satellite Launches Into Orbit on Atlas V Rocket

Atlas V and EchoStar 19

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched the EchoStar 19 high-speed internet satellite into orbit on Dec. 18, 2016 from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. See launch photos in our gallery here. THIS IMAGE: The Atlas V is seen bathed in light atop its Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on the eve of its launch.

Liftoff!

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches the EchoStar 19 communications satellite into orbit from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on Dec. 18, 2016.

Next Stop: Space

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A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying EchoStar XIX satellite lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 2:13 p.m. ET on Dec. 18, 2016.

Ascent

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A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying EchoStar XIX satellite lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 2:13 p.m. ET on Dec. 18, 2016.

The View Down

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A view of Earth from a camera on the Atlas V (a solid rocket booster is visible midscreen) during the successful EchoStar 19 launch.

Exhaust Plume

United Launch Alliance/Lockheed Martin

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying EchoStar XIX satellite lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 2:13 p.m. ET on Dec. 18, 2016.

Stage Separation

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The Atlas V rocket's first stage falls away, with a stunning Earth in the background, in this view from a camera on the booster's Centaur upper stage during the EchoStar 19 launch.

Soaring Into Space

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches the EchoStar 19 communications satellite into orbit from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on Dec. 18, 2016.

Atlas V Sunset

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The sun sets behind the Atlas V at Space Launch Complex 41 of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Behold, EchoStar 19

Space Systems Loral

The EchoStar 19 satellite, built for Hughes by Space Systems Loral of Palo Alto, California, is seen in all its glory while being prepared for launch

One Last Look

United Launch Alliance/Lockheed Martin

United Launch Alliance technicians pack up the EchoStar 19 satellite inside its protective fairing ahead of its Dec. 18, 2016 launch.

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