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Vandenberg Launches Third Rocket In One Week


Vandenberg Air Force Base had a busy week, successfully launching three rockets from its seaside facilities. At 3:33 a.m. on Thursday, it carried out the second of the launches, sending an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental missile across the Pacific Ocean to a test range in the Marshall Islands. The first launch was another Minuteman test mission on Sunday, and the third was the SpaceX show the Saturday after. “It is so exciting to see our mission in action,” said Col. Brent McArthur, 30th Space Wing vice commander. “We have the potential to launch three times this week, and the last time we did that was back in July of 2004.”

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