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Team Vandenberg launches Atlas V

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Team Vandenberg launched an Atlas V rocket at 9:03 p.m. Sept. 20 from Space Launch Complex-3 here.The launch, the second of three the base has scheduled for September, was the result of a team effort between the 30th Space Wing, the United Launch Alliance and the National Reconnaissance Office. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Lee)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Team Vandenberg launched an Atlas V rocket at 9:03 p.m. Sept. 20 from Space Launch Complex-3 here.The launch, the second of three the base has scheduled for September, was the result of a team effort between the 30th Space Wing, the United Launch Alliance and the National Reconnaissance Office. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Lee)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team Vandenberg launched an Atlas V rocket at 9:03 p.m. Sept. 20 from Space Launch Complex-3 here.

The launch, the second of three the base has scheduled for September, was the result of a team effort between the 30th Space Wing, the United Launch Alliance and the National Reconnaissance Office.

"This Atlas launch is the culmination of a tremendous amount of hard work on the part of all the men and women of the 30th Space Wing and our mission partners," said Col. Richard Boltz, 30th Space Wing commander. "We're all extremely proud of everyone's efforts."

This evening's launch marked the 604th overall Atlas mission in U.S. history. The rocket carried a national security payload for the NRO.

Team Vandenberg's next launch, a Minotaur IV carrying the first Space Based Space Surveillance satellite, is scheduled for Sept. 25 from Space Launch Complex-8 here.