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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 07:18 PM

Government spy satellite rockets into space on Atlas 5


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A classified U.S. spy payload rocketed into orbit from California on an Atlas 5 launcher Thursday, joining the nation's eyes and ears in the sky to supply intelligence to the government's national security agencies.

The satellite is owned by the National Reconnaissance Office, but government officials do not disclose the identities of the NRO's spacecraft, only saying the payload will serve national security purposes.

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 07:22 PM

"The payload will serve national security purposes. Nothing to see here, citizen. Move along."

Boy, with all this surveillance the chances of another terrorist attack must be zero!

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 07:32 PM

View PostDark_Grey, on 06 December 2013 - 07:22 PM, said:

Boy, with all this surveillance the chances of another terrorist attack must be zero!
Yes because a terrorist looks totally different to a normal person. Get real.

What satellites do ensure (and have ensured since the 1960s) is that the chances of a sneak military attack like Pearl Harbour are zero.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 12:21 AM


Atlas V NROL-39 Launch Highlights

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 on Dec. 5 at 11:14 p.m. PST. Designated NROL-39, the mission is in support of national defense.

Credit: United Launch Alliance

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