PHOTOS: View from the VAB roof

NASA's newest communications satellite launched Wednesday aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, and these views show the booster's fiery liftoff from the roof of the 52-story Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center.

The first photo is a long exposure showing photographers as they set up to cover the launch.

See our Mission Status Center for the latest news on the launch.

Photo credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now

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