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Cool looking secret rocket launch yesterday.

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That thing is huge.

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That thing is huge.

A lot of it will fall back to earth.

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A lot of it will fall back to earth.

Thanks. I didn't know how rockets worked.

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Thanks. I didn't know how rockets worked.

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That pink flame looks like something out of a sci-fi movie

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nobody told you about it?

awkward...

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How is a launch secret? Hard to hide.

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It's not the launch that's secret but the payload. It's a classified surveillance satellite.

Friday morning's launch was the largest rocket in the U.S. fleet -- a Delta IV, flying in what's called the 'heavy' configuration with two large boosters.

The extra muscle was necessary to loft the classified National Reconnaissance Office satellite. Nothing official is known about the satellite, known only as L-15, but experts suspect it's an electronic surveillance satellite headed for orbit 22,000 miles up.

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/18914400/giant-secret-satellite-blasts-off-from-cape-canaveral

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It's not the launch that's secret but the payload. It's a classified surveillance satellite.

http://www.myfoxtamp...-cape-canaveral

Thread title says "secret rocket launch" not "secret payload" :)

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Yes well, I'm sure that's what he meant. As a launch covered, recorded, put online by a local Fox Affiliate isn't exactly "secret".

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How is a launch secret? Hard to hide.

They have all been pretty secretive since the end of the shuttle program. NASA is a shell of it's former self, yet we are still blasting off new rocket designs and launches like never before.

And not just the US either. Russia, China, EU, even India sent up a rocket in the past 2 or 3 months. I wonder what in the hell is going on up there...

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