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Rocket Trail

I re-created a multiple image composite showing the trail of NASA's satellite launch earlier this week, deleting the extra images of the background stars and foreground, so everything is more crisp and the result isn't so busy with star trails.


Each of the individual exposures in this sequence was 30 seconds, so the 8 shown in the flight path in this sequence represent 4 minutes of flight. The 3 solid fuel rocket boosters you can just see in this image, dropping near the end of the first and brightest segment to the right, were dropped at 1:30 into the flight, so this sequence of 30 second images shows roughly 1:00 to 5:00 in the overall launch sequence.

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Taken on July 6, 2014