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Launch Photos: US Spy Satellite NROL-25 Blasts Off

National Reconnaissance Office

The mission logo for the planned March 29, 2012 launch of the National Reconnaissance Office's latest spy satellite NROL-25.

Spy Satellite NROL-25 on Launch Pad

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran

The mobile service tower rolls back from the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Medium+ (5,2) rocket on Space Launch Complex 6 at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on April 3, 2012. The rocket is carrying the classified NROL-25 spy satellite.

Spy Satellite NROL-25 Launch Countdown

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran

The mobile service tower rolls back from the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Medium+ (5,2) rocket on Space Launch Complex 6 at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on April 3, 2012. This is the Department of Defense's first-ever launch of a Delta 4 configured with a 5-meter payload fairing and two solid rocket motors.

Flowery Spysat: NROL-25 Launch Prep

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran

The mobile service tower rolls back from the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Medium+ (5,2) rocket on Space Launch Complex 6 at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on April 3, 2012. The rocket is carrying the classified NROL-25 spy satellite.

Clouds for Spy Sat NROL-25

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran

Under a cloudy sky, the mobile service tower rolls back from the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Medium+ (5,2) rocket on Space Launch Complex 6 at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on April 3, 2012. The rocket is carrying the classified NROL-25 spy satellite.

Spy Satellite NROL-25: Vertical at the Pad

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran

The mobile service tower rolls back from the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Medium+ (5,2) rocket on Space Launch Complex 6 at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on April 3, 2012. The rocket is carrying the classified NROL-25 spy satellite.

Spy Satellite NROL-25: Vertical at the Pad

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran

The mobile service tower rolls back from the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Medium+ (5,2) rocket on Space Launch Complex 6 at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on April 3, 2012. The rocket is carrying the classified NROL-25 spy satellite.

Spy Satellite NROL-25: Cameras in Place

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

Photographer Ben Cooper, representing Spaceflight Now, sets up a remote camera near Space Launch Complex 6 at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base ahead of the April 3, 2012 launch of a Delta 4 rocket carrying the NROL-25 spy satellite.

Delta 4 Rocket Carrying Spy Satellite NROL-25

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran

A view of Space Launch Complex 6 at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base ahead of the April 3, 2012 launch of a Delta 4 rocket carrying the NROL-25 spy satellite.

Delta 4 Rocket with NROL-25 Satellite

Pat Corkery/United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV stands ready for launch at Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, with a national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. Launch is scheduled for April 3, 2012, at 4:12 p.m. PDT.

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