Top-Secret U.S. Satellite Takes Off


Atlas V Rocket Launch: Top-Secret U.S. Satellite Takes Off

Atlas V Rocket Launch

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover lifts off from Launch Complex 41at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — The Air Force has launched a rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying a top-secret satellite for the United States.

The unmanned Atlas V rocket lifted off 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.

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