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Minotaur IV Vandenberg AFB Missile Launch

This is a three minute time-lapse image of a Vandenberg AFB Minotaur IV rocket launch on Sept. 25, 2010.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Team Vandenberg launched a Minotaur IV rocket at 9:41 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, from Space Launch Complex-8. The Minotaur IV (a refurbished Peacekeeper ICBM) launched the Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite, a first-of-its-kind satellite that can detect and track orbiting space objects from space. Three of the four stages are visible here and you can see the tumbling first stage marking an arc as it fell back into the Pacific ocean. The payload successfully reached orbit.

Under the terms of SALT II, the Peacekeeper ICBM was removed from the U.S. arsenal. This 3 minute time-lapse photo was taken from approximately 38 miles north of the Vandenberg launch site. Even at that distance, the sound was quite impressive!
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