VANDERBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A rocket carrying a new U.S. spy satellite was launched from Vanderberg Air Force Base today.
The Delta IV rocket used to send the satellite into space is the heaviest of the U.S. rockets and is capable of sending up to 25 tons of cargo into Earth's orbit, according to published reports.
The rocket carried a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office, the organization that oversees and controls all of the U.S.'s intelligence-gathering satellites. Lift off was at about 11 a.m., but was a few minutes late because of some last-minute minor issues that engineers had to deal with.
Since the mission is classified, no other details were available.