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Atlas 5 rocket assembled for launch

This collection of photographs shows the Atlas 5 rocket's payload, already encapsulated in the five-meter-diameter nose cone, being hoisted atop the launcher at Vandenberg Air Force Base's SLC-3 pad for the NROL-41 mission.

Photo credit: United Launch Alliance

Photo credit: United Launch Alliance