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Atlas blasts off
Lockheed Martin's last Atlas 2AS rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral carrying a classified National Reconnaissance Office spacecraft on August 31. (3min 59sec file)
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Salute to pad 36A
The Atlas launch team in the Complex 36 Blockhouse celebrate the history of pad 36A in a post-launch toast. The Atlas 2AS rocket flight was the last to launch from the pad, which entered service in 1962. (2min 09sec file)
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Mission success
The classified NRO payload is deployed from the Centaur upper stage to successfully complete the launch. (1min 56sec file)
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Photo gallery: Launch of first 521-model Atlas 5 rocket
Posted: November 23, 2004


The Lockheed Martin Atlas 5 rocket launches from Cape Canaveral's Complex 41 carrying the Rainbow 1 direct-to-home TV broadcasting satellite at 7:45 p.m. EDT on July 17, 2003. It marked the first launch of the Atlas 5's strap-on solid rocket boosters and the 500 series configuration with the larger nose cone. Photo: Lockheed Martin
 

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   VIDEO: CLOSE-UP VIEW OF SOLID ROCKET BOOSTER AT IGNITION QT
   VIDEO: REPLAY FROM ATLAS SPACEFLIGHT OPERATIONS CENTER QT

   VIDEO: ATLAS 5 IS ROLLED OUT OF ASSEMBLY BUILDING QT
   VIDEO: THE ROCKET ARRIVES ON COMPLEX 41 LAUNCH PAD QT
   VIDEO: WATCH ENTIRE 41-MINUTE PRE-LAUNCH NEWS CONFERENCE QT
   VIDEO: VIEWS OF THE AEROJET-MADE SOLID ROCKET BOOSTERS QT
   VIDEO: FOOTAGE OF THE CONTRAVES-BUILT PAYLOAD FAIRING QT
   VIDEO: TECHNICIAN CLIMBS INTO THE FAIRING FOR WORK QT
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