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NASA launches revolutionary weather satellite

A satellite that is expected to revolutionize weather forecasting launches from Cape Canaveral on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. A U.S. weather satellite that will "revolutionize" forecasting blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral on...

A satellite that is expected to revolutionize weather forecasting launches from Cape Canaveral on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. A U.S. weather satellite that will "revolutionize" forecasting blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral on Saturday, promising to deliver continuous high-definition views of hurricanes and other storms over the Western Hemisphere. 

A detailed stream of images provided by the satellite is expected to sharpen weather forecasts, provide more advanced warning of floods and better tracking of wildfires, plumes and volcanic ash clouds. 

Carried atop an Atlas 5 rocket, the GOES-R satellite lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:42 p.m. EST (2342 GMT).

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