Vandenberg Rocket Launch Could Light Up Southland Sky Friday Night

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Southland could be treated to another interstellar light show today, thanks to a planned rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket had been scheduled to launch Thursday, but technical issues forced a one-day delay, with the launch window opening at 1 this afternoon.

The rocket will carry a National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite, with the mission dubbed NROL-47. It will be the 27th NRO launch by United Launch Alliance, which is a Colorado-based aerospace partnership between Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

On Dec. 22, Hawthorne-based SpaceX launched a rocket from Vandenberg just after sunset, creating an aerial spectacle that had thousands of people reaching for their cameras, and some wondering if they were witnessing an alien invasion. The light show was visible across the Southland and was spotted as far away as Phoenix.

It was unclear if the ULA rocket would create a similar show.

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