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Watch NASA launch a rocket in 360 degrees

"We are carrying more this time than we have in the past and that's a good step forward for us and for the crew", Frank Culbertson, president of Orbital ATK's Space Systems Group, told reporters during a pre-launch news conference.

- The Atlas V rocket was rolled out onto the launchpad at Cape Canaveral today, as the rocket is set to launch tomorrow, April 18th.

April 18 A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket lifted off from Florida on Tuesday, propelling a cargo capsule filled with supplies and science experiments toward the International Space Station.

The Atlas V 401 rocket with the S.S. John Glenn OA-7 Cygnus cargo spacecraft launches out of Space Launch Complex 41.

That's because a special 360-degree camera has been installed near the base of the Atlas V rocket en route to the International Space Station. "The video will continue through countdown and launch and until the rocket is out of sight".

Rendezvous at the research outpost orbiting 250 miles overhead is planned Saturday morning, following Thursday's scheduled launch from Kazakhstan by a NASA astronaut and Russian cosmonaut who will join three Expedition 51 crew members. "Nearby, a computer protected by a blast-proof box will stitch images together in near-real time".

But the live 360 stream appeared to completely miss the actual launch itself, with viewers seeing the rocket on the ground a second ago and then a red spot high in the sky.

The commercial cargo ship, dubbed the S.S. John Glenn, holds almost 7,700 pounds (3,500 kilograms) of food, equipment and research for the International Space Station.

The Cygnus cargo module is also known as the S.S. John Glenn, named in honor of the first American who orbited the Earth.

The shipper, Orbital ATK, asked Glenn's widow, Annie, for permission to name the spacecraft after him. The astronaut died in December 2016.

This launch was supposed to happen in March, but a leak caused the flight to be grounded. Finally, congratulations to NASA, ULA and Orbital ATK for their shared teamwork in commemorating a champion of human spaceflight through the S.S. John Glenn.

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