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Delicate payload

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Atlas V

Service tower

Liftoff!

Selfie

The Googles

Rio

Aliens

Top of the world

Barrow

Cubbies

Southern harbor

The last Jedi

Remote

Closest to space

McMurdo

Here's how the WorldView-4 satellite looked on the ground and during launch, along with a selection of DigitalGlobe's imagery of our incredible planet.

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The WorldView-4 getting a close inspection.

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The loaded payload fairing getting moved for its placement on top of an Atlas V rocket.

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The loaded Atlas V ready to launch at Vandenberg AFB.

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The Mobile Service Tower, Atlas V and the various buildings and equipment of the launch complex.

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Next stop: space.

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A rendering of the the WorldView-4 in orbit.

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Up next are some samples of the satellite images from DigitalGlobe's satellites.

To start, here's Google's Googleplex headquarters.

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Alert, Canada, the northernmost permanently-inhabited place on Earth.

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Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost American city.

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The victory rally 108 years in the making, and one of the largest gatherings in history.

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Deception Island in Antarctica.

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Skellig Michael, off the coast of Ireland, used in the last scene of "The Force Awakens."

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Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland, one of the most remote villages in the world.

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La Rinconada in Peru, the highest permanent settlement on Earth at 16,732 foot (5,100 meters).

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McMurdo Station in Antarctica.

For more eye-popping satellite images, check out DigitalGlobe's Instagram account.

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