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Rocket: Minotaur 1
Payload: STP-R1 (Streak)
Date: Sept. 22, 2005
Window: 7:24-7:40 p.m. PDT (10:24-10:40 p.m. EDT; 0224-0240 GMT)
Site: SLC 8, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

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