6 December 2013
An Atlas V rocket carrying a secret payload for the U.S. government successfully launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Thursday at 11:14 p.m. The temperature at the time of the launch was close to freezing. The rocket carried a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, but the agency has not released any details about the payload. Cold weather had threatened a possible delay, but the rocket took off within moments of the opening of its launch window. (Image Credit: NASA)
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