Range Tracking

The Offending Cloud

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It was clear skies until almost right up to the launch time at 11:05 p.m. on 22 March 2016 when a large, solid cloud moved between me and the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station making for a disappointing time exposure of the launch of an Atlas V rocket on the OA-6 mission to send a cargo ship to the International Space Station. If the launch had gone up five minutes later the offending cloud would have moved out of the way. As a friend greatly experienced in covering news stories said, that is the chance you take when you shoot live.

Click to view more photos of the launch, including a short time-lapse video of the launch and cloud moving by.

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