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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team Vandenberg successfully launched the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-3 here Thursday, Oct. 8, at 5:49 a.m. PDT.

Col. J. Christopher Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision

"This launch was a great achievement for Team Vandenberg, ULA, NRO and our launch partners," said Moss. "Their outstanding professionalism and team work ensured a fantastic launch and I am proud to work with this team of experts in support of national defense."