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

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

Handley-Page Victor overflying RAF Thor missile at Vandenberg AFB, California.

Handley-Page Victor overflying RAF Thor missile at Vandenberg AFB, California.

The Minuteman is a US land-based intercontinental ballistic missile , in service with the Air Force Global Strike Command. As of the Minuteman III version[a] is the only land-based ICBM in service in the United States.[citation needed]

What's the Air Force up to these days?  A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload launches, Dec. 12, 2014, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

What's the Air Force up to these days? A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload launches, Dec. 12, 2014, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

The Mobile Service Tower or MST is rolled back at Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation for the launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the NROL-79 mission. ULA/Jeff Spotts

The Mobile Service Tower or MST is rolled back at Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation for the launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the NROL-79 mission. ULA/Jeff Spotts

Technicians in self-contained atmospheric protective ensemble suits start to conduct initial checks on the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle 1) after its landing Dec. 3, 2010, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. This is the Air Force's first unmanned re-entry spacecraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Stonecypher)

Technicians in self-contained atmospheric protective ensemble suits start to conduct initial checks on the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle 1) after its landing Dec. 3, 2010, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. This is the Air Force's first unmanned re-entry spacecraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Stonecypher)

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

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

1984-85:  Space shuttle Enterprise rides a special 76-wheel motorized trailer over the hilly landscape of Vandenberg Air Force Base enroute from the Orbiter Maintenance and Checkout Facility toward Space Launch Complex 6. In November 1984 it was ferried to Vandenberg Air Force Base and used as a practice and fit-check verification tool. On May 24, 1985, Enterprise was ferried from Vandenberg Air Force Base to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Facility.

1984-85: Space shuttle Enterprise rides a special 76-wheel motorized trailer over the hilly landscape of Vandenberg Air Force Base enroute from the Orbiter Maintenance and Checkout Facility toward Space Launch Complex 6. In November 1984 it was ferried to Vandenberg Air Force Base and used as a practice and fit-check verification tool. On May 24, 1985, Enterprise was ferried from Vandenberg Air Force Base to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Facility.

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