Range Tracking

The Falcon and the Sea Turtle

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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket put on a spectacular show when it finally launched at 4:00 a.m. after a problem with its first stage scrubbed the 1:25 a.m. launch attempt. The long wait had its downside with the occasional appearance of mosquitoes whenever the wind died down, but the Loggerhead Sea Turtle that came ashore to nest right down below on the beach where I had set up the camera on the dune crossover definitely made the night more interesting.
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The arrow in this three-minute time exposure taken around 2:30 a.m. points to the dark, blurred shape of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle as she nests in the sands of Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge.

Thank you to Bob Bruce and Janice Broda for once again allowing me to photograph from their backyard at all hours of the night.

Visit my other web site to learn more about the AsiaSat 8 launch at http://www.lunarcabin.com/Rocket_Launches/asiasat8.html

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