Atlas 5 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral
An unmanned rocket has taken off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as part of a mission to boost Nasa's communications network.
The Atlas 5 blazed through the sky with a four tonne satellite perched on its nose, which will eventually join eight other satellites currently in orbit.
The technology will be used to communicate with Nasa's fleet of Earth-observing satellites and telescopes, such as the Hubble observatory.
- From the section Science & Environment