To the Moon
Fire and smoke signal the liftoff of the Atlas V/Centaur carrying NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite on their missions to the moon.
Launch from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida was on-time at 5:32 p.m. EDT.
June 18, 2009
Image credit: NASA/Tom Farrar, Kevin O'Connell