A 19-story Atlas 5 rocket built by United Launch Alliance streaks across the sky after lifting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida January 23
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Atlas 5 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral

An unmanned rocket has taken off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as part of a mission to boost Nasa's communications network.

The Atlas 5 blazed through the sky with a four tonne satellite perched on its nose, which will eventually join eight other satellites currently in orbit.

The technology will be used to communicate with Nasa's fleet of Earth-observing satellites and telescopes, such as the Hubble observatory.

  • 24 Jan 2014
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