While you were either sleeping or catching an Uber home from the bar, the U.S. military was busy launching an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile early Wednesday morning.

Via LA Times:

The Minuteman III missile test launch occurred at 12:02 a.m. from the base northwest of Santa Barbara, according to Air Force Global Strike Command. The missile, equipped with a single-test reentry vehicle, traveled 4,200 miles to a test range near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

“These test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent,” the strike command said in a statement.

It’s the second missile launched from the base in a week and third this year.

Here’s a statement from Vandenberg Air Force Base:

The ICBM was equipped with a single test reentry vehicle, and traveled approximately 4,200 miles to a test range near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. These ICBM test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.

Here are some photos of the missile launch. If you happen to be Facebook friends with a certain North Korean leader, perhaps you can tag him….


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