Atlas 5 launches NRO L-38 on 50th EELV mission
6/20/12 ~ 8:28am

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LIFTOFF! An Atlas 5 rocket launches the NROL-38 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. Liftoff of the Atlas 5 rocket, which flew in the minimal 401 configuration with no solid rocket motors, took place at 8:28am EDT June 20. It was the 50th mission for the EELV (Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle) program which began with the Atlas 5 and Delta 4 debuts in August & November, 2002, respectively.

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