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NASA Providing 1st Live 360-Degree View of Rocket Launch

Theresa Hayes | 18 April, 2017, 03:18

Launch is targeted for Tuesday, April 18 during a 30-minute window that opens at 11:11 a.m. EDT.

NASA, in coordination with United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Orbital ATK, will broadcast the world's first live 360° stream of a rocket launch.

In this handout photo provided by NASA, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft lifts off on from Space Launch Complex 41 on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

A unique view of the launch will be available through the new NASA 360-Degree panorama cameras.

It will be shown on NASA's YouTube channel.

"We have a wide range of support equipment that's going to be headed to station to support the science that's up there already, but also to introduce brand-new capabilities", said Tara Ruttley, associate scientist for the ISS program, during a prelaunch news conference at Kennedy Space Center.

Tuesday's launch will be Cygnus' third flight from Florida on ULA's "workhorse" Atlas V rocket.

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Running almost a month late because of hydraulic problems, an Atlas 5 rocket was hauled to its Florida launch pad Monday, setting the stage for blastoff Tuesday on a mission to boost a space station-bound Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo ship into orbit.

The Atlas 5's Russian-built RD-180 first stage engine, generating 860,200 pounds of thrust, will boost the rocket out of the dense lower atmosphere, firing for just over four minutes before shutting down and falling away. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery earlier this month.