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

the kennedy center, the vandenberg air force base, shuttle

the kennedy center, the vandenberg air force base, shuttle

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

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

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

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.

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]

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)

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)

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)

Everybody identifies Kennedy Space Center and Johnson Space Center as the epicenters of America’s now defunct Space Shuttle Program. What most people don’t know is that the Shuttle almost had a second home at Vandenberg Air Force Base on the south central coast of California.

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

Everybody identifies Kennedy Space Center and Johnson Space Center as the epicenters of America’s now defunct Space Shuttle Program. What most people don’t know is that the Shuttle almost had a second home at Vandenberg Air Force Base on the south central coast of California.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A top-secret space plane landed Friday at an Air Force base on the Southern California coast.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A top-secret space plane landed Friday at an Air Force base on the Southern California coast.

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