24 January 2014
The latest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS), part of a vital constellation that supports the ISS and the Hubble Space Telescope, successfully launched Thursday night aboard an Atlas V rocket at 9:33 p.m. carrying not only the TDRS-L satellite into space, but also a special tribute honoring longtime NASA engineer Capt. Arthur J. "Skip" Mackey Jr., who died in November. Mackey was the "Voice of NASA" in the 1960s and '70s, when he broadcast countdowns for the agency's launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The TDRS-L is the second of three next-generation satellites scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral to replace older satellites already in orbit. It's intended to help improve the space agency's Earth-to-space communications network. (Image Credit: NASA)
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