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Delta IV Heavy rocket takes to the skies one last time in breathtaking launch: photos

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a classified reconnaissance satellite lifted off from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at 12:53 p.m. Ta. ULA transported cargo destined for U.S. citizens. Reconnaissance station.

This is the final flight of the Delta IV large rocket. This was his third largest capacity launch vehicle in the world, after NASA’s Space Launch System and SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy.

A mobile services tower rolls back from a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket in preparation for liftoff from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, on April 9, 2024.
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The Mobile Services Tower (MST) is aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV heavy rocket carrying the National Reconnaissance Office's (NRO) NROL-70 mission in preparation for launch from the Cape Canaveral Space Force's Space Launch Complex-37. Roll back.  April 9, 2024, Station, Florida.

A mobile services tower rolls back from a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket in preparation for liftoff from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, on April 9, 2024.
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A mobile services tower rolls back from a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket in preparation for liftoff from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, on April 9, 2024.

A mobile services tower rolls back from a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket in preparation for liftoff from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, on April 9, 2024.
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A mobile services tower rolls back from a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket in preparation for liftoff from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, on April 9, 2024.

A mobile services tower rolls back from a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket in preparation for liftoff from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, on April 9, 2024.
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A United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket carrying classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launches into the Space Launch Complex at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Tuesday, April 9, 2024, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It will be launched from 37B.

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket carrying a cargo of classified spy satellites for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office lifts off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
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A United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket carrying classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launches into the Space Launch Complex at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Tuesday, April 9, 2024, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It will be launched from 37B.

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station carrying a cargo of classified spy satellites for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.
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A United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket carrying classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launches into the Space Launch Complex at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Tuesday, April 9, 2024, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It will be launched from 37B.

Spectators gathered at Port Canaveral’s Pier Park to watch the launch.
Malcolm Denemark/Florida TODAY/USA TODAY Network

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket carrying classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launches into the Space Launch Complex at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Tuesday, April 9, 2024, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It will be launched from 37B.

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station carrying a cargo of classified spy satellites for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.
Craig Bailey/FLORIDA TODAY/USA TODAY NETWORK

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket carrying classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launches into the Space Launch Complex at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Tuesday, April 9, 2024, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It will be launched from 37B.

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket carrying a cargo of classified spy satellites for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office lifts off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
Craig Bailey/FLORIDA TODAY/USA TODAY NETWORK

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket carrying classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launches into the Space Launch Complex at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Tuesday, April 9, 2024, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It will be launched from 37B.

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket carrying a cargo of classified spy satellites for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office lifts off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
Craig Bailey/FLORIDA TODAY/USA TODAY NETWORK

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket carrying classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office flies into the Space Launch Complex at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Tuesday, April 9, 2024, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It will be launched from 37B.

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket carrying a cargo of classified spy satellites for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office lifts off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
AP

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket carrying classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launches into the Space Launch Complex at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Tuesday, April 9, 2024, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It will be launched from 37B.

Spectators gathered at Port Canaveral’s Pier Park to watch the launch.
Malcolm Denemark/Florida TODAY/USA TODAY Network

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket carrying classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launches into the Space Launch Complex at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Tuesday, April 9, 2024, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It will be launched from 37B.

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station carrying a cargo of classified spy satellites for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.
Malcolm Denemark/Florida TODAY/USA TODAY Network

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket carrying classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office flies into the Space Launch Complex at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Tuesday, April 9, 2024, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It will be launched from 37B.

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station carrying a cargo of classified spy satellites for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.
Malcolm Denemark/Florida TODAY/USA TODAY Network

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