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‘It was really cool’: Spectators gather to watch first ULA rocket launch of 2022

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. — United Launch Alliance successfully launched its Atlas V rocket Friday afternoon during its first mission of the year.

The launch is part of a national security mission for the U.S. Space Force.

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It was also the second launch from Florida’s Space Coast this week.

ULA launched a pair of satellites that will provide more accurate tracking of human-made objects in space.

“I thought it was really cool seeing,” said launch spectator Valentina Perdomo. “We could see it go up for a long time. I didn’t think we’d be able to hear it, but it was cool being able to hear it. I liked it.”

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The USSF-8 mission launch will support national security by enhancing space flight safety, including satellite collision avoidance.

The next Space Coast launch is already on the calendar. SpaceX plans a launch for the Italian Space Agency next Thursday.

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