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GOES-S: NOAA's Next-Gen Weather Satellite in Photos

Up, Up, Up

Ben Smegelsky/NASA

At the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41, the ULA Atlas V first stage is lifted by crane.

Rocket Boosters

Ben Smegelsky/NASA

A solid rocket booster is mated to the Atlas V first stage prior to the launch of the GOES-S weather satellite.

Prepping the Satellite

Kim Shiflett/NASA

Technicians inside the clean room at the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Florida monitor progress as the GOES-S is encapsulated in the payload fairing.

Centaur Upper Stage

Kim Shiflett/NASA

The Centaur upper stage arrives at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 Vertical Integration Facility.

High and Secured

Bill White/NASA

Inside the Vertical Integration Facility, the GOES-S satellite is secured in the high bay, inside its payload fairing.

Beauty in Technology

Glenn Benson/NASA

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the GOES-S satellite sits inside its payload fairing and atop a transporter as it passes the Vehicle Assembly Building.

Connecting the Pieces

Glenn Benson/NASA

A crane lowers the GOES-S, inside its payload fairing, onto the ULA Atlas V rocket at the ULA Vertical Integration Facility.

Mating with the Atlas V Rocket

Glenn Benson/NASA

Moving the GOES-S satellite inside the payload fairing onto the Vertical Integration Facility, a crane lifts the module up, readying it to be mated to the ULA Atlas V rocket.

Reflections of Tomorrow

Glenn Benson/NASA

The lake at Space Launch Complex 41 reflects the payload fairing carrying the GOES-S satellite as its raised at Cape Canaveral.

Atlas V Rocket Rolls to Launchpad

NASA/Ben Smegelsky

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the GOES-S weather satellite is rolled to Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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