Rocket Soars Over Southern California

The Atlas V left Vandenberg AFB at about 9 p.m., Monday

Tuesday, Sep 21, 2010  |  Updated 6:42 AM PDT
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A rocket from Vandenberg AFB soars over Southern California.

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An Atlas V rocket lit up the sky on Monday night after a successful launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The rocket, carrying a national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, was launched at 9:05p.m. The successful launch marked the 604th overall Atlas mission in U.S. history.

"I'm incredibly proud of all the hard work of the men and women of the 4th Space Launch Squadron team in preparing for this Atlas V mission," said Lt. Col. Brady Hauboldt, 4th  Space Launch Squadron commander.

The rocket could be seen throughout Southern California.

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