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UPDATE: Successful Atlas V rocket launch Wednesday at Vandenberg Air Force Base

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UPDATE: August 13, 2014 at 2:51 p.m.  

Another successful launch for the team at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. PDT.

The Atlas V rocket carried the WorldView 3 satellite into orbit without a hitch. It's designed to take ultra clear photos of the earth to be used by a wide array of commercial sources, Google and Microsoft maps among them.

Original Story:

Scientists at Vandenberg Air Force Base are preparing for Wednesday's launch of an Atlas V rocket.

It's scheduled to blast off tomorrow morning with the launch window officially opening at 11:29 a.m.

The rocket will be carrying the WorldView-3 satellite built by DigitalGlobe.

It's a commercial satellite that will take images of the planet that will be useful for those in the agriculture, mining, and oil and gas industries.