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Dec. 16 marks 60th anniversary of Vandenberg’s first nuclear-capable ballistic missile launch
A Thor Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile, nicknamed “Tune Up”, prepares to depart from Launch Facility 75-1-1, Dec. 16, 1958, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Demonstrating operational capability, the successful test was conducted only a year after the base was activated -- and ignited a launch legacy spanning more than five decades. (Courtesy photo)

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