Spectacular Dawn Rocket Launch!

Long Exposure of Rocket Trail Illuminated by Sunlight Below Horizon

Close-up of Rocket Plume

Rocket Trail “Space Art” as Seen from our Backyard Pond in Palm Bay, Florida

We watched a stunning rocket launch yesterday at dawn here on the Space Coast of Florida!  An Atlas V rocket blasted off at 6:13 am and successfully placed a communications satellite into orbit.  Sunlight from below the horizon lit up the rocket’s exhaust plume and ice particles formed from it at high altitudes.   The resulting effect was spectacular space art in the sky – WOW!

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.

16 Responses to Spectacular Dawn Rocket Launch!

  1. Amazing photos! What a spectacular sight to see!

  2. WOW, spectacular indeed!

  3. You were lucky as usual. A good work.

  4. AEHF-5 going up on an Atlas 551 booster 🙂 I was in a control room in Sunnyvale, CA, monitoring the launch, booster separation and orbit raising activity. She’s a good satellite on her way to Geosync’.

  5. Wow!!! Your photos of this event are absolutely spectacular, Pam!✨

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