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Photos: Spectacular Military Missile Launches

U.S. Navy Shoots Down Target Missile in Space

U.S. Navy Photo.

During exercise Stellar Avenger, the Aegis-class destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) launches a standard missile (SM) 3 Blk IA, successfully intercepting a sub-scale short range ballistic missile, launched from the Kauai Test Facility, Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), Barking Sans, Kauai, on July 30, 2009.

NRO's Secret NROL-36 Payload Launches

Pat Corkery/United Launch Alliance

An Atlas 5 rocket ascends toward space carrying the classified NROL-36 satellite and 11 small science cubesats on Sept. 13, 2012, in a flight from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Experimental Military Microsatellites Reach Orbit

Carleton Bailie/Boeing.

A Boeing Delta 2 rocket launches the MiTEx military microsatellite mission into orbit on June 21, 2006 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Earth based missiles

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