Exhilarating close-up video captures the ULA's Delta IV rocket as it blasts off on its final mission

Mail Online | 2/6/2018 | James Pero For Dailymail.com
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An up-close video shows a last-of-its-kind rocket as it blasts off for the final time.

In the video, spaceflight photographer John Kraus captures United Launch Alliance's Delta IV medium-class rocket as it explodes into the sky, embarking on its final mission to deliver a powerful GPS satellite manned by the US Air Force.

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The video, which Kraus says was taken less than 300 feet away, is captured at a upward angle from the towering craft and depicts the violent launch as its spews clouds of dust, smoke, and fire overhead until the camera is completely shrouded.

Perhaps just as shocking as the launch footage is the survival of Kraus' camera, which he says was recovered unscathed by the fallout.

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Shortly after the rocket launched successfully and ULA President Tory Bruno declared the liftoff 'hot, straight and normal,' the satellite separated from the upper stage and successfully delivered its payload.

The successful missions marks and end to the Delta IV Medium's 17-year run, with a total...
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