Spectacular Atlas 5 Rocket Launch Tonight!

Timed Exposure of Atlas 5 Rocket Launch on January 23, 2014

Timed Exposure of Atlas 5 Rocket Launch on January 23, 2014

We had a spectacular rocket launch tonight here on the Space Coast of Florida.  NASA launched a 3.8 ton Atlas 5 communications satellite from Cape Canaveral at 9:33 pm Eastern Standard Time.  What an awesome sight!  This picture is a 2 minute timed exposure of the launch as seen from our home in Palm Bay (about 40 miles south of the Space Center).  Notice the reflection of the rocket trail in the pond (click on the picture to see details and star colors).  Updates and coverage of all worldwide rocket launches is available at http://www.spaceflightnow.com/.

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

11 Responses to Spectacular Atlas 5 Rocket Launch Tonight!

  1. mrsbearfoot says:

    What a great capture!

  2. Kongo says:

    wow, great shot!

  3. FeyGirl says:

    Ah, I had no idea…. What a stunning capture!!

    • Pam says:

      It never grows old! Come on up and see a night launch sometime!

      • FeyGirl says:

        My father used to live directly across the Indian River, from NASA in Titusville (he used to work there as a scientist; I guess he found it hard to leave!). I tried so many times to make it to a launch, but they were always postponed, lol. Now he doesn’t live there — so I may travel north your way one day, hee!

        • Pam says:

          I know exactly the area you are talking about. Yes, the launches often get postponed, but not nearly as much so as shuttle launches. If there was a night launch in summer, you could come spend the night and sign up for a sea turtle nesting walk on the beach too. Love Florida!

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