Created 22-Jan-22
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A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket lifts off at 2 p.m. EST Friday from Pad 41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. Onboard is the USSF-8 mission with the fifth and sixth satellites for the Space Force’s Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program, or GSSAP, designed to help the military track and observe objects in geosynchronous orbit.

The rocket flew in the 511 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, one solid rocket booster and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.

Photos taken from Playalinda Beach, a distance of about 6 miles.