The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory’s Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes (RAVAN) CubeSat — which will demonstrate new technology to measure Earth’s radiation imbalance and predict future climate change — launched on Nov. 11 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Image Credit: JHU APL/Blue Canyon Technologies
In preparation for liftoff from Space Launch Complex-3, the Mobile Service Tower is rolled 250 feet east of the Atlas V rocket at Vandenberg Air Force Base in September. Launch is now scheduled for Friday.
Sonora Borealis - This highly unusual cloud formation was likely formed from the exhaust of a rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California roughly an hour before this capture. The photo was taken from a mountain ridge near Tucson, AZ. (by Peaquod, via Flickr)