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Watch an Atlas V rocket launch a missile-detecting satellite to orbit

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Yesterday, an Atlas V rocket launched a missile-detecting satellite to orbit. After a few delays, the launch finally happened on Friday night (Jan. 19) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Liftoff occurred at 7:48 p.m. EDT (0048 GMT on Jan. 20) after a one-day delay. The probe going up is called SBIRS GEO-4. It’s made for a Space Based Infrared System, and it’s the fourth satellite of its kind to go into a high orbit around Earth.

You can take a look at the countdown, launch and the satellite being positioned in orbit right below. Truly a masterpiece of engineering and a great showcase of technological & scientific resources that we employ to various uses. Hopefully, we’ll see more satellites being launched for ecological and various global warming battling usages soon. Press play below and satisfy your inner nerdiness in a spectacular way.

Image: NASA

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