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Delta 2 launches missile defense payloads

A United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket launches at 8:20 a.m. EDT Friday with a pair of missile defense satellites. The payloads are part of the Space Tracking and Surveillance System demonstration mission for the Missile Defense Agency. These photos were taken from the beach near Jetty Park, about 3 miles south of the launch pad.

Photo credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now

Credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now