This morning, an Atlas V rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying a US Navy communications satellite into space. It was another smooth take off for the United Launch Alliance, the company that manufactures the Atlas V. It was a particularly beautiful launch as well; the rocket left a spectacular multi-colored trail in its wake as it ascended into space.
The rocket lifted off around 6:18AM ET this morning, just as the Florida sun was peeking out over the horizon. According to ULA officials, the sunlight caught the rocket's plume trail just at the right angle, creating the colorful display. Numerous spectators of the launch snapped pictures of the amazing event; check them out below.