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WATCH: NASA shows first 360-degree video of rocket launch

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Watch the launch of an Atlas V rocket, carrying the S.S. John Glenn, via NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Posted by PBS NewsHour on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Watch our Facebook Live of the launch, via NASA TV. 

In a first for a NASA rocket launch, a 360-degree video camera live streamed the launch of an Atlas V rocket — carrying Orbital-ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft, dubbed the the S.S. John Glenn — towing supplies and research from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station. The Cygnus capsule will rendezvous with the ISS on Saturday.

The mission is the sixth Orbital-ATK spacecraft to visit the International Space Station as part of the Commercial Resupply Program, a contract Orbital-ATK shares with Boeing and SpaceX.

Some of the cargo includes a miniature greenhouse and 38 cubesats, tiny satellites that will study Earth’s thermosphere. This is the last time in the foreseeable future that Cygnus will launch from Cape Canaveral, as the next launches are scheduled to take place at Wallops Island, Virginia.

It’s been almost three years since Orbital-ATK’s last launch from Wallops exploded seconds after liftoff, resulting in a fiery conflagration that destroyed the launchpad.

Space missions are no strangers to 360 video. In 2016, cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko shot a 360-degree video tour of the ISS and presented a view of Earth from the Cupola module. But this is the first time you’ll be able to see a rocket launch into space in 360 degrees, from the comfort of your computer.

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