Space and astronomy news and information for the American Southwest. Coverage includes Vandenberg AFB rocket and missile launches.

Atlas V Rocket / NROL-28 Launch

2009 April 18

Early on the morning of 2008 March 3, the first-ever Atlas V booster to lift-off from Vandenberg AFB departed Space Launch Complex-3 and placed a classified payload into orbit for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

Atlas V rocket / NROL-28 launch

Matt Batryn took this time exposure of the launch from Port San Luis, California, several miles north of the launch site. Clearly visible are the rocket's trajectory, including a lateral maneuver, and numerous star trails caused by the Earth's rotation. In the foreground are a bay and several boats. Batryn used a Nikon D70s digital camera, an 18-70mm lens set to 18mm, and an exposure of 207 seconds at f/3.5 and ISO 200. Copyright 2008, Matt Batryn. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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