Spy Satellite Launch Lights Up Night

Friday, Apr 15, 2011  |  Updated 11:06 AM PDT
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Spy Satellite Launch Lights Up Night

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A rocket carrying a  secret government satellite has been launched from the California coast.

The Atlas 5 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Vandenberg officials say it's carrying a satellite with a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, which oversees the nation's constellation of spy satellites.

The launch comes after a delay earlier this week because of an issue with the rocket's avionics that has since been fixed.

No details have been released about the purpose of the payload.

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