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And the Rocket's Red Glare

The Saturn II rocket carrying NASA's OCO-2 satellite put on the best fireworks show this week! The the rocket's three solid fuel boosters were incredibly bright, lighting up the landscape as if it were day. This is a 30 second exposure of the satellite on its way into space Tuesday morning. It took the rocket approximately 1.5 minutes to reach this height. The smoke remained in the air and spotlights around the launch pad illuminated where the rocket emerged from the coastal fog.

 

This is approximately 60 seconds into launch, as the rocket turns south following the launch at Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc, California.

 

15 second exposure, f/4, ISO 6400, 70mm focal length..

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Taken on July 2, 2014