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Vandenberg Space Force Base sees its 2,000th launch

4 Oct 2021, 12:30 UTC
Vandenberg Space Force Base sees its 2,000th launch
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An Atlas V rocket with the Landsat 9 Earth observation spacecraft leaves the planet from Space Launch Complex 3 at Vandenberg Space Force Base. It was the 2,000th launch from the West Coast launch facility. Credit: United Launch Alliance
Last week, Vandenberg Space Force Base saw its 2,000th launch with the orbiting of an Earth observation satellite.
On Sept. 27, 2021, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket launched the Landsat 9 Earth-viewing satellite into a near-polar, sun-synchronous orbit from Space Launch Complex 3. The spacecraft is operated by NASA and the United States Geological Survey.
The first launch at then Vandenberg Air Force Base was a PGM-17A Thor Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile from Space Launch Complex 2 on Dec. 16, 1958. Credit: United States Air Force
“It is the entire team today and those across six decades that we celebrate as we achieve this milestone,” Col. Robert Long, the launch decision authority for Landsat 9, said in a news release published Sept. 27. “What’s more, we’re crossing this monumental threshold with two great mission partners, NASA and ULA — both with their own long histories of success!”
Activated on Oct. 5, 1941, as Camp Cooke, it was renamed Cooke ...

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