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Launch Photos: US Spy Satellite NROL-25 Blasts Off

Delta 4 Rocket Carrying NROL-25 Satellite, Low Angle

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A United Launch Alliance Delta IV stands ready for launch at Space Launch Complex-6 of 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.

Delta 4 Rocket with NROL-25 Satellite, Upper Detail

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The Mobile Service Tower (MST) is rolled back at Space Launch Complex-6 in preparation for launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV carrying the NROL-25 mission for the National Reconnaissance office, April 2012.

Delta 4 Rocket with NROL-25 Satellite at Space Launch Complex-6

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A United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle with the NROL-25 mission stands ready for launch from Vandenberg's Space Launch Complex-6, April 2012.

Delta 4 Rocket with NROL-25 Satellite in the Mobile Service Tower

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A United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle with the NROL-25 mission stands ready for launch from Vandenberg's Space Launch Complex-6, April 2012.

Delta 4 Rocket with NROL-25 Satellite in Sunlight

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A United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle with the NROL-25 mission stands ready for launch from Vandenberg's Space Launch Complex-6, April 2012.

Delta 4 Rocket with NROL-25 Satellite Through Fisheye Lens

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A United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle with the NROL-25 mission stands ready for launch from Vandenberg's Space Launch Complex-6, April 2012.

NROL-25 Satellite Transported

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The NROL-25 payload is transported to Space Launch Complex-6 in preparation for launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle, April 2012.

NROL-25 Payload Lifted

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The NROL-25 payload is mated to a United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle in preparation for launch from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, April 2012.

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