Rocket launch delayed to avoid satellite debris

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, CA The Atlas V rocket was supposed to blast off Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying a classified satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office.

A launch hot line recording from the maker of the rocket said the launch won't occur until sometime in March. The recording said the delay was "a precautionary measure."

The Pentagon last week successfully shot down a dying, bus-size spy satellite loaded with toxic fuel using a missile launched from a cruiser in the Pacific.

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