Tagged With national reconnaissance office

The NROL-42 spy satellite was launched atop an Atlas V rocket from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base early on Sunday morning, Eastern time. And while we don't know anything about the tech specs or what it will be spying on, it's a safe bet to say that it's part of the most advanced spying apparatus the world has ever known.

What's the first thing you think about when you think of NASA's space shuttle program? Sally Ride? Spinning in microgravity? The Challenger explosion? That episode of The Simpsons? You might not think about the US military and intelligence community launching spy satellites, but you should. NASA's shuttles were designed specifically to carry US spy satellites to orbit. And we got our hands on a newly declassified document about the top secret plans.