An Atlas 5 rocket launches the NROL-38 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. Liftoff of the Atlas 5 rocket, which flew in the minimal 401 configuration with no solid rocket motors, took place at 8:28am EDT June 20. It was the 50th mission for the EELV (Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle) program which began with the Atlas 5 and Delta 4 debuts in August & November, 2002, respectively.

Launch vehicle: Atlas-5/401
Launch vehicle ID: AV-023
Payload: SDS-3 7 (USA 236, NROL-38)
Launch date: 20 June 2012
Launch site: CC, SLC-41

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