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Launch Photos: Classified US Spy Satellite Blasts Off on Atlas 5 Rocket

United Launch Alliance Awaits Atlas V Liftoff

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The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket located at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., preps for NRO's NROL-39 mission launch. [Read the Full Launch Story Here]

United Launch Alliance Preps for Atlas V Liftoff

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This image shows the mobile service tower rolling back from a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation to launch the NRO's NROL-39 mission. [Read the Full Launch Story Here]

Mobile Service Tower Rolls Back

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he mobile service tower is seen in this image rolling back from a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation to launch the NRO's NROL-39 mission. [Read the Full Launch Story Here]

United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket Up Close

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The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is seen up close at Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation to launch the NRO's NROL-39 mission. [Read the Full Launch Story Here]

NROL-39 Payload Mated to Atlas V Booster

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In preparation for launch, the NROL-39 payload, encapsulated within a 5-meter diameter payload faring, is transported and mated to its United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V booster at Vandenberg's Space Launch Complex-3. [Read the Full Launch Story Here]

NROL-39 Payload Transported to Atlas V Booster

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This image shows the NROL-39 payload, encapsulated within a 5-meter diameter payload faring, as it is transported and mated to its United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V booster at Vandenberg's Space Launch Complex-3. [Read the Full Launch Story Here]

NROL-39 Payload Heads to Atlas V Booster

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This image shows the NROL-39 payload, encapsulated within a 5-meter diameter payload faring, as it is makes its way to the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V booster at Vandenberg's Space Launch Complex-3. [Read the Full Launch Story Here]

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