Mission Control view of separation/
This morning at a little before 8:30 MST an Atlas V rocket boosted the Solar Dynamics Observatory into space from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center). The computer graphic above shows the Centaur upper stage in the center and the satellite in the lower right corner. Separation was successful and the SDO will begin its mission of detailed observations of the activities of our Sun.
Beautiful launch of the Atlas V from Launch Complex 41.