Minuteman III launch

Alex Ustick captured the launch of Minuteman III – an unarmed test missile – from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, California.

Brilliant white nearly vertical line beginning to curve at top, against black sky.

Image via Alex Ustick.

The Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic test missile launched at 1:13 a.m. PDT (08:13 UTC) Wednesday, October 2, 2019, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, California.

Test launches like this one typically happen several times a year at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Thanks for sharing your image with us, Alex!

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