Launch Photos: NROL-79 Spy Satellite Launches Atop Atlas V Rocket

Liftoff for NROL-79

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The NROL-79 spy satellite blasts off from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Station on March 1, 2017.

Launch of NROL-79: Another View

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasts off with the NROL-79 satellite on March 1, 2017 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Atlas V Launches NROL-79 Satellite

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches the NROL-79 spy satellite on March 1, 2017.

NROL-79 Lifts Off

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The NROL-79 reconnaissance satellite launches atop an Atlas V rocket from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on March 1, 2017.

NROL-79 Rises into the Sky

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The NROL-79 spy satellite and its Atlas rocket rise into the sky above California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on March 1, 2017.

Atlas V and NROL-79 in Flight

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carries the NROL-79 reconnaissance satellite to orbit on March 1, 2017.

NROL-79 and Atlas V on the Pad

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The Mobile Service Tower is rolled back at Space Launch Complex-3 at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base in preparation for the planned March 1, 2017 launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the NROL-79 mission.

Atlas V and NROL-79: Night View

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A nighttime view of the NROL-79 satellite and its Atlas V rocket on the pad.

NROL-79 and Atlas V Roll Back

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The Mobile Service Tower rolls back to prepare for the planned March 1, 2017 launch of the NROL-79 satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

NROL-79 Satellite Mated to Atlas V

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The NROL-79 satellite, inside its payload fairing, is mated to a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket inside the Mobile Service Tower at Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex-3.

NROL-79 Satellite Inside Payload Fairing

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The payload fairing containing the NROL-79 satellite is mated to an Atlas V rocket inside the Mobile Service Tower at Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex-3.

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