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NASA launches Atlas V rocket with classified satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Atlas V rocket, which stands at 19-stories tall, launched Tuesday evening from Kennedy Space Center with a secret U.S. government satellite.

The classified payload called, "CLIO," is a mission that is not attributed to any government agency and spacecraft builder Lockheed Martin won't discuss it. 

CLIO is merely described only as a "commercially-based communications satellite."

The rocket launched at 8:10 p.m. on Tuesday evening from Cape Canaveral, after the launch was delayed a few times earlier in the evening.

Experts are guessing the rocket is either a spy satellite that will monitor communications on Earth, or a satellite that will spy on other satellites in space.

The mission is SpaceX's fourth of twelve under a $1.6 billion NASA Commercial Resupply Services contract.



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