Early yesterday morning, residents nearby Cape Canaveral, Florida, were treated to a peculiar, alien-looking sight. Just before sunrise, NASA launched an Atlas V rocket carrying a new Navy communications satellite into orbit. The launch was timed only ideally for 6:18 am so that a rising object held a rocket’s tail in a right light to emanate a fantastic scene.
The rocket’s tail looked like this from a ground.
It’s breathtaking, and utterly alien.
Evolution of #MUOS-4 #AtlasV’s expanding “light plume,” observation from Titusville. #WeAreGoFL #LaunchPhoto pic.twitter.com/TExa5CP1me
— Caley (@NASA_Caley) Sep 2, 2015
Here are a few some-more cinema from this morning’s @ulalaunch of a #AtlasV … #MUOS pic.twitter.com/Xlu0T6P51i
— Andrew O’Brien (@aobrien7) Sep 2, 2015
This video shows a “light plume” function in genuine time.
(via The Verge)
Now that is some good old-fashioned, spooky, and extraordinary scholarship in action. According to NASA, a launch was a finish success. we can’t wait to see what a subsequent early morning rocket launch looks like.