Photos: Atlas sends up new NASA satellite
Videos: Replays from successful Atlas 5 launch of TDRS-M
Atlas 5 rocket delivers NASA data router into space for astronauts and satellites
Video: TDRS-M takes flight atop Atlas 5
Video: Atlas/TDRS-M pre-launch news briefing
Multimedia: Atlas 5 rolled out with TDRS-M
Live coverage: Atlas 5 countdown and launch journal
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 8:29 a.m. EDT (1229 GMT) today to place NASA’s new tracking station into the sky. The data router will relay video, telemetry and science information from the space station and dozens of research satellites to a central ground terminal. Follow the ascent in our live journal.
Preview: NASA science-enabling relay satellite poised for launch
Resembling a cocooned insect with antennas and appendages tucked snuggly to its body for launch, NASA’s latest communications relay hub will be shot into space Friday to blossom in geosynchronous orbit for routing signals to and from the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope and three dozen science observatories.