PHOTOS: Atlas V rocket launches from Cape Canaveral Friday morning

Atlas V rocket launch Friday morning (Photo: WFLA viewer John Neukamm)

The Atlas V Morelos-3 launched successfully from the Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:28 a.m. Friday.

Due to the clear sky, residents in Tampa Bay were able to see the rocket launch lightning up the dark sky.

PHOTOS: Click to see more amazing photos of the Atlas V launch seen from Tampa Bay (Photo: WFLA viewer John Neukamm)


An Atlas V 421 will launch the Morelos-3 communications satellite for Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transportation. The Mexsat program offers communications to rural areas in Mexico and the satellite services include internet, data, voice, video and education and health programs. It also provides secure communications to Mexico’s national security.

Morelos-3 is the 57th Atlas V launch since the vehicle’s inaugural mission in 2002. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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