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Jan 29, 2010 9:10 PM by Ariel Wesler

Vandenberg missile launch set for Sunday

Vandenberg Air Force Base will conduct a missile launch Sunday afternoon to test its ground-based interceptor system.

The launch will happen between 2 and 5:30 p.m. A target missile will be launched from the Marshall Islands in the Pacific.

The long-range missile from Vandenberg will attempt to intercept the target over the south central Pacific Ocean. Anti-nuclear activists say these tests are unnecessary, despite previous terrorist threats.

"Nuclear weapons didn't do a thing for us in those cases and yet we spend billions of dollars on nuclear program including missile defense that are neither offensive or defensive. once that conflict starts, we all go. There's no winner or loser," said Dennis Apel of Santa Maria.

Launch personnel say the tests are vital to national security.


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