Sonora Borealis - This highly unusual cloud formation was likely formed from the exhaust of a rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California roughly an hour before this capture. The photo was taken from a mountain ridge near Tucson, AZ. (by Peaquod, via Flickr)
A West Coast Delta 4 rocket is launched with the NROL-25 payload in a spacecraft-deployment flight for the government agency that operates the nation's spy satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Vandenberg, California April 3, 2012. REUTERS/Gene
Feb. 23, 1960: A Thor IRBM missile sits on a launching pad operated by the Royal Air Force for training purposes at Vandenberg Air Force Base.