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

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Final look at the West Coast space shuttle
BY JUSTIN RAY
SPACEFLIGHT NOW

Posted: January 5, 2011


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Later photographs from 1985 provide another look at the only time a space shuttle vehicle ever stood at Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 6. The program of launching military space shuttle flights into polar orbits from California would be cancelled before any missions ever took off and the SLC-6 pad eventually transferred to the Delta 4 rocket.

Credit: U.S. Air Force photos














Credit: U.S. Air Force photos
 

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