My favorite rocket launch photos of 2016!

Although I photographed just three launches in 2016, the fewest for me since 2010. I still captured some favorite images and I figured I would share them. The highlight of the year would have to be the Delta IV Heavy launch, my favorite rocket currently flying, which also happened to occur on my birthday!

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Lifting off, above three pillars of fire, with a combined thrust of 2.1 million lbs, the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy, speeds away from Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with the NROL-37 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office on June 11, 2016. This beachside view, captured by remote camera, is an angle I have been wanting to do for quite a few years! It was nice to finally cross it off my list.
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, carrying the SES-9 Satellite on March 4, 2016.
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, carrying the SES-9 Satellite on March 4, 2016.
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The sun rises behind Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as an United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket is prepared for launch on June 11, 2016.
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sits on a stand at Port Canaveral, FL following removal from “Of Course I Still Love You” drone ship. The rocket made the historic barge landing on Friday April 8, 2016, less than ten minutes after launching from Cape Canaveral, FL with NASA’s CRS-8 cargo mission to the International Space Station.
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Lifting off, above three pillars of fire, with a combined thrust of 2.1 million lbs, the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy, speeds away from Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with the NROL-37 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office on June 11, 2016.
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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with the GOES-R weather satellite on November 19, 2016.
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