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Missed the missile launch from Vandenberg? Don’t worry — you can watch it here

Watch a Minuteman III missile launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base

Vandenberg Air Force Base launched an unarmed Minuteman III missile from Lompoc, California on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
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Vandenberg Air Force Base launched an unarmed Minuteman III missile from Lompoc, California on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

If you weren’t able to stay up until 11 p.m. Tuesday night to watch the missile launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base — you’re in luck.

The U.S. Air Force’s 30th Space Wing released video of the spectacle soon after the Minuteman III missile left its underground silo Tuesday night, showing the missile blazing a bright trail through the night sky as it headed to the remote Kwajalein Atoll, 4,200 miles away in the Pacific Ocean.

Air Force Global Strike Command has not yet said if the launch was a success.

According to an Air Force news release sent before the launch, testing of unarmed intercontinental ballistic missiles “provides valuable data to Air Force Global Strike Command and holistically tests the systems, procedures and Airmen from the initial mission planning to the final weapons employment phases.”

The tests are scheduled months, if not years, in advance and are not related to any real-world events, the release said.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sunday, October 7, 2018, as seen in this view from Pismo Beach. The booster of the rocket made a return landing at the base for the first time.

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Kaytlyn Leslie writes about business and development for The San Luis Obispo Tribune. Hailing from Nipomo, she also covers city governments and happenings in the South County region, including Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach and Grover Beach. She joined The Tribune in 2013 after graduating from Cal Poly with her journalism degree.
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