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Sea Launch at Sea

Earlier this morning, the Zenit rocket blasted off the converted oil platform floating at the equator. A friend who was on the launch ship sent me this shot. All three stages fired successfully, putting a nuke-hardened Italian SIRCAL satellite into geostationary orbit.

 

Photos from our tour below. We were close enough to touch this particular rocket as it was being prepped in Long Beach.

 

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Taken on April 20, 2009