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Sonora Borealis This highly unusual cloud formation was likely formed from the exhaust of a rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California roughly an hour before this capture. The photo was taken from a mountain ridge near Tucson, AZ. Best viewed large on black

from Foxtrot Alpha

The Space Shuttle’s Military Launch Complex In California That Never Was

Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. A miniaturized version of KSC’s Launch Complex 39 where the Air Force was planning on launching dozens of Shuttle missions.


OTV-2. This image from video made available by the Vandenberg Air Force Base shows the X-37B unmanned spacecraft landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, on June 16, 2012. The spacecraft, which was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in March 2011, conducted in-orbit experiments during a 15-month clandestine mission, officials said. It was the second such autonomous landing at the base. (AP Photo/Vandenberg Air Force Base)


Snapshots of the Week

People watch as a West Coast Delta 4 rocket is launched with the NROL-25 payload in a spacecraft-deployment flight for the government agency that operates the nation's spy satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Vandenberg, California April 3, 2012. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

from Popular Mechanics

California Wildfire Postpones Air Force Satellite Launch

An Atlas 5 rocket was to carry a satellite known as WorldView-4 into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory’s Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes (RAVAN) CubeSat — which will demonstrate new technology to measure Earth’s radiation imbalance and predict future climate change — launched on Nov. 11 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.​ Image Credit: JHU APL/Blue Canyon Technologies