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Atlas V rocket launches from Cape Canaveral

Atlas V window opened at 7:13 p.m.

Atlas V rocket.
Atlas V rocket.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the U.S. Air Force launched Saturday evening from Cape Canaveral.

Atlas V launched the Air Force Space Command's AFSPC-11 mission into space. The two-hour window opened at 7:13 p.m. Saturday.

[Watch Saturday's launch at the bottom of the story]

Air Force Weather officials predicted an 80 percent chance of good launch conditions at the Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex 41.

The Air Force mission was previously scheduled to launch in December and officials delayed liftoff until April.

The Atlas V will launch down range from a SpaceX Falcon 9 scheduled to lift off Monday carrying NASA's planet-hunting spacecraft TESS.

In May, ULA will launch NASA's next robotic mission to Mars from California. Mars Insight is scheduled to blast off for the Red Planet on May 5 between 7:05 a.m. and 9:05 a.m. ET.


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