- Posted August 5, 2011 by
Cape Canaveral, Florida
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Atlas 5 Rocket takes Juno Spacecraft to Jupiter
- nsaidi, CNN iReport producer
An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday, sending a robotic scout on its way to Jupiter to sniff out details about how the solar system formed.
The rocket carrying NASA's Juno spacecraft lifted off at 12:25 p.m. (1625 GMT), the first step in a five-year, 445-million mile (716-million km) journey to the largest planet in the solar system.
Launch was delayed almost an hour while United Launch Alliance, a Boeing (BA.N)-Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) joint venture that builds and flies Atlas and Delta rockets for NASA, the military and commercial customers, fixed a technical problem with ground support equipment that supplies a helium purge to the rocket.