ULA Atlas V Rocket Launches into Space

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (WHNT) -- While you may have been sleeping Thursday morning, a team with Decatur company United Launch Alliance sent an Atlas V rocket into space.

The successful launch was at 3:05 a.m. from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.  It marks ULA's 7th successful launch of the year and its 63rd launch since the company formed in December 2006.

The rocket is bringing NASA's radiation belt storm probes into space to explore weather changes the sun may cause in the earth's space environment, which can disable satellites, create power grid failures and disrupt GPS services.

ULA's next launch is set for September 13 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.  It will be a mission for national reconnaissance.

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