An Atlas V rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Thursday.
Atlas V rocket on the launch pad.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- An Atlas V rocket launched Thursday evening from Cape Canaveral. It carried another advanced weather satellite into orbit.
The GOES-S weather satellite will help the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration improve forecasting for the western U.S.
The first spacecraft in the series has been monitoring the Atlantic and East Coast for the past year. The same first-class service is now coming to the Pacific region.
It's the third weather tracker launched by NASA in just over a year: "three brilliant eyes in the sky," as NOAA puts it.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.