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Countdown is underway! Delta IV rocket launch set to go at Vandenberg

Countdown is underway! Delta IV rocket launch set to go at Vandenberg

The rocket launch has been delayed another day.

Rocket fans in California may have been disappointed by tonight's scrub of a Delta 4 Heavy launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, but they received a nice consolation prize: a fireball that left what looked like a contrail hanging in sunset skies.

ULA did not immediately give an official reason for the delay.

It was the fifth time United Launch Alliance scrubbed the planned launch of the reconnaissance satellite, again frustrating Southern California residents hoping to enjoy the aerial light spectacular that evening launches from Vandenberg create. The launch was reset for 5:31 p.m. Thursday.




ULA's 71st mission for the National Reconnaissance Office will see the company's most powerful rocket carry a spy satellite into orbit. It was also canceled Tuesday due to high winds at the launch site. ULA has launched 27 payloads for the National Reconnaissance Office over the past 12 years. In this handout provided by NASA, The Mobile Service Tower is rolled back to reveal the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket with the Parker Solar Probe onboard, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

This news comes after ULA scrubbed the Delta IV Heavy rocket launch attempt on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 5:49 p.m. EST just 10 minutes before it was set to take off.

A odd light was seen above Reno Wednesday night.

NWS Eureka reports they believe it may have been a meteor.