Atlas V rocket on the pad at Launch Complex SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral. Credit ULA/Spacenews.com
During this week of tragic space news, there have been many successful space events. Earlier this week we have a successful return of the Dragon cargo spacecraft and the launch of a Russian Soyuz Progress spacecraft to the ISS. On Wednesday, there was a very successful launch and milestone for the Atlas V rocket series: the 50th successful launch!
Launched by United Launch Alliance, the Atlas V took off from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, and lifted the GPS-2F satellite into orbit. You can read a very good review of the past 50 launches from NASA SpaceFlight.com at: http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/10/ula-atlas-v-gps-iif-8-launch/