Atlas 5 Rocket to Launch NROL-33: On the Pad
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket stands ready to launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 22, 2014 on a mission to orbit the classified NROL-33 satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.
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