2/11/2013 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team Vandenberg launched a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a NASA payload from Space Launch Complex-3 at 10:02 a.m. here Monday.
Col. Nina Armagno, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision authority.
"We completed our mission of supporting a safe and successful launch," said Armagno. "I am so proud of my team on another job well done."
It was the sixth Atlas V launch for Vandenberg.
The 30th Space Wing and NASA hosted a launch viewing party at Providence Landing Park in Lompoc that brought in nearly 1,800 spectators from all over California.
"Our communities have supported our base and our mission for many years," said Larry Hill, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs community relations chief. "It was great to see such an amazing turnout for this launch."
Mobility, the rock band from United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, played for the launch spectators.