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Rocket: Atlas 5 (AV-026)
Payload: X-37B - The Orbital Test Vehicle
Date: March 5, 2011
Time: 5:46 p.m. EST (2246 GMT)
Site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral, Florida
Broadcast: AMC 6, Transponder 5, C-band, 72° West

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Atlas 5 rocket rumbles into sunny sky

A 20-story Atlas 5 rocket ignited its Russian main engine and soared into a clear sky at 5:46 p.m. EST (2246 GMT) Saturday. The rocket sent the U.S. Air Force's second X-37B space plane into orbit for a top secret mission testing military technologies.

These photos were taken at the Kennedy Space Center press site about 3.8 miles from the Atlas launch pad.


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