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Rocket carrying secret cargo launched

2012-04-05 03:07:37 GMT2012-04-05 11:07:37(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

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)

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)

A West Coast Delta 4 rocket is launched with a 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)

A Delta 4 rocket is seen poised for launch at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California April 3, 2012. The Delta IV NROL-25 is set to launch today at 4:12 p.m. PDT from Space Launch Complex 6. (REUTERS/Gene Blevins)

A West Coast Delta 4 rocket is launched with a 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)

A rocket carrying a top-secret payload blasted off Apr. 3 from the California coast. The Delta IV rocket lifted off at 4:12 p.m. from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

(Agencies)

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