Launches have always been an exhilarating part of human spaceflight history. Whether it was the mighty Saturn V propelling astronauts to the Moon or the final flight of the world’s first reusable spacecraft, there have been many thrilling historic liftoffs.

Relive the excitement by scrolling through our favorite 10 images of mission launch photos!

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