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Rocket blasts off with secret US spy satellite

2:43 PM, Jun 20, 2012   |    comments
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - The Air Force has launched a rocket from Cape Canaveral carrying a top-secret satellite for the United States.

The unmanned Atlas V rocket rose from its seaside Florida pad on Wednesday morning. On board was a satellite belonging to the National Reconnaissance Office.

The office declined for security reasons to provide any details of the satellite, its mission or even whether it reached orbit. A launch attempt Monday was foiled by a problem with the environmental control system at the pad.

The rocket had to be removed temporarily from the pad, in order to fix the problem.

The Associated Press

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