It is all about the lighting. Having to shoot almost directly into the sun turns the launch of an Atlas V rocket carrying a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station into a silhouette, albeit a rather spectacular silhouette, at 11:11AM on 18 April 2017 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click to view more of the launch photos.
The twice-flown SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage has returned to Port Canaveral and is back on shore. Click to view the images added to the SES-10 launch photo gallery.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is not quite clear of the tower yet in this photo from the 30 March 2017 launch of the SES-10 satellite. Lots of reusable items here, including the old shuttle launch pad getting a new lease on life with SpaceX, and the Falcon 9 first stage, which flew once before less than a year ago and is now proving it can do it again. Click to view the rest of my SES-10 launch photos.
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) satellite for the United States Air Force lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex-37 at 8:18 p.m. on 18 March 2017. “This launch commemorates the 70th anniversary of the USAF.” said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Government Satellite Launch. “We are absolutely honored to play a role in this important milestone, while safely delivering WGS-9 to orbit.” WGS satellites are […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Delta IV rocket, SLC 37, Space Launch Complex 37, ULA, United Launch Alliance, United States Air Force, WGS-9, Wideband Global SATCOM
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched EchoStar XXIII on 16 March 2017 at 2:00 a.m. from Launch Complex-39A at Kennedy Space Center as seen in this time exposure from the beach at Sebastian Inlet State Park. Click to view more.
A gathering of space fans atop Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral eagerly await the first launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from historic Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. The Apollo missions to the Moon and all the Space Shuttle missions were launched from 39A and its nearby twin, 39B. SpaceX leased 39A for commercial use after the retirement of the Space Shuttle. As the 10:01 a.m. launch time rolled around on 18 February 2017 everything pointed toward getting […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Commercial Resupply, CRS-10, Exploration Tower, International Space Station, ISS, Kennedy Space Center, KSC, Launch Complex 39A, NASA, Port Canaveral, Thrust Vector Control, TVC
The Moon passed through the edge, the penumbra, of Earth’s shadow leading to a very subtle lunar eclipse on 10 February 2017. A trio of photographs show the progression, which was far more apparent to the camera than it was to the human eye. To paraphrase Jack Kerouac, the Moon, big sad face of infinity.
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket launched the third Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous (GEO-3) satellite for the U.S. Air Force on 20 January 2017 at 7:42 p.m. from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The image is an ultra-wide time exposure of the boat-filled channel at Sebastian Inlet State Park where a lot of fishing was taking place on a calm night as the Atlas V streaks into space. The ULA press […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Atlas V, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, SBIRS GEO-3, Sebastian Inlet State Park, SLC 41, Space Based Infrared System, Space Launch Complex 41, U.S. Air Force, ULA, United Launch Alliance
The Pleiades (M45) is an open star cluster in the constellation of Taurus visible to the naked eye as a small, foggy patch in the sky from which six or seven individual stars can be faintly seen of the hundreds of stars that make up the cluster. A Greek myth about seven sisters is the origin of the name. The Pleiades are visible from the backyard even in my light polluted sky from where these images were made. A wide […]
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches EchoStar XIX at 2:13 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station 18 December 2016. EchoStar XIX will be the world’s highest capacity broadband satellite in orbit, dramatically increasing capacity for HughesNet high-speed satellite Internet service to homes and businesses in North America. Click here to view more launch photos.