These photos taken Aug. 6 show the liftoff of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Israeli-owned Amos 17 communications satellite, backdropped by dreary skies after thunderstorms passed through Cape Canaveral earlier in the day.
The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 rocket took off at 7:23 p.m. EDT (2323 GMT) on Aug. 6 from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad. It was the SpaceX’s 10th launch of the year.
Nine Merlin 1D engines, each consuming densified kerosene and liquid oxygen, powered the Falcon 9 launcher off the ground with 1.7 million pounds of thrust.
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