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Rocket: Delta 4-Heavy
Payload: NROL-49
Date: Jan. 20, 2011
Time: 1:08 p.m. PST (4:08 p.m. EST)
Site: SLC-6, Vandenberg AFB, California
Feed: AMC 1, Transp. 9, C-band, 103° West

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Photos: First West Coast D4-Heavy arrives at SLC-6

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Photos: Inside Vandenberg's space shuttle hangar

Photos: Road trip for Enterprise over Vandenberg's hilly terrain

Photos: Space shuttle Enterprise arrives at SLC-6

Photos: Fully assembled shuttle stands atop the pad

Photos: Nighttime views of SLC-6 with the shuttle

Photos: The space shuttle launch control room

Photos: Final look at the West Coast space shuttle that never flew

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A space shuttle stands at SLC-6
BY JUSTIN RAY
SPACEFLIGHT NOW

Posted: January 5, 2011


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The space shuttle Enterprise stands fully assembled with its external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters atop America's West Coast launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The prototype orbiter was stacked at Space Launch Complex 6 in 1985 to practice procedures and check out the newly constructed pad for the Air Force's planned military space shuttle missions to polar orbit.

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