• Erratic flight path of a private jet coming from over the horizon, whose pilot forgot to don an oxygen mask. - nhr
  • Anti-aircraft missile fired by an exasperated photographer who had gone into the wilderness to take pictures of an unspoiled night sky, away from the cities’ light pollution. - nhr
  • the thruster controls going up in flames perhaps? - marhawkman
  • amazing height - Absolute Imperfection
  • Lunar - jeany777
  • Constellation Auriga - [Ananabanana]

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This is a fun one to decode....
with surprising splashes of color going a half-mile up
(and no Photoshop as always)

I envisioned the "Shoot the Moon" perspective during the day and suggested it to the WIRED photographer. We had our tripod legs enmeshed, and I hope they got something similar.

Photo explanation below; it was my high-power rocket suffering a fairly catastrophic failure. (camera settings, propellant details)

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  1. Lino Sgaravizzi  66 months ago | reply

    Seen in:

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  2. mmarsupilami 64 months ago | reply


    I saw this in the 100+ Faves group and Faved it.

  3. Philipp Klinger Photography 64 months ago | reply


    I saw this in the 100+ Faves group and Faved it.

  4. John&Fish 64 months ago | reply


    I saw this in the 100+ Faves group and Faved it.

  5. * p_OO_f *™ (CLOSED - Do Not Add) 64 months ago | reply


    I saw this in the 100+ Faves group and Faved it.

  6. Brian O'Mahony 63 months ago | reply

    Congratulations, your photo has been highlighted as Shot Of The Week #23 in the One Hundred Thousand Club (100,000 Photostream Views) group and can be seen on the front page and Shot of the Week discussion thread.

  7. Temari 09 62 months ago | reply

    Very, very cool!

  8. The Wildcat Sisters 60 months ago | reply

    Incredible picture - Mindblowing!! Well done!

  9. Pixter007 [deleted] 60 months ago | reply

    Very cool.

  10. nahcpj 52 months ago | reply

    Hey Steve,
    Congrats on the BSD Diab-Glo Night Rocket article in Sport Rocketry Magazine (Jan/Feb2010!!

  11. Mika Ha 49 months ago | reply

    Just amazing ...

  12. jhagerty52 44 months ago | reply

    So is that the moon rising directly behind the exhaust trail, and lighting up the clouds from underneath?

  13. jurvetson 44 months ago | reply

    exactly. I had to plan ahead for this shot. Noted the moonrise location on the prior evening, and set the tripod up at dusk.

  14. jeany777 35 months ago | reply

    Is that the moon in the background? Like 2 great shots in 1

  15. Shandchem 34 months ago | reply

    Amazing image!

  16. TheEpicEngine 23 months ago | reply

    Great shot and thanks for offering it as creative commons. It has been featured on the adventure lifestyle blog TheEpicEngine.com
    www.theepicengine.com/2012/05/25/the-daily-epic-5/

  17. Stoff74 13 months ago | reply

    Cool failure! ;)

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