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Rocket blasts off with secret U.S. spy satellite

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 06:22 PM

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CAPE CANAVERAL -

The Air Force has launched a rocket carrying a top-secret satellite for the United States.

The unmanned Atlas V rocket rose from its seaside Cape Canaveral launch pad 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. The rocket had to be removed temporarily from the pad, in order to fix the problem.

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