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Historic launch from the California coast
Posted: January 20, 2011

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Flying from the U.S. West Coast for the first time, a Delta 4-Heavy rocket lifted off at 1:10 p.m. PST Thursday from the storied Space Launch Complex 6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The triple-body booster was hauling a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office.

These photos were taken 7 miles north of the Delta 4-Heavy pad at Surf Beach.

Credit: Spaceflight Now photos by Stephen Clark

Credit: Spaceflight Now photos by Stephen Clark