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.
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 […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Atlas V rocket, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Commercial Resupply, Cygnus, Cygnus spacecraft, International Space Station, ISS, NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, OA-6, Orbital ATK, Port Canaveral, SLC 41, Space Launch Complex 41, United Launch Alliance
Sam and I watched a NASA-sponsored Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket lift off from MARS destined for the International Space Station with over 3,000 pounds of supplies loaded aboard a Cygnus spacecraft today at 12:52 p.m. EDT. MARS is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Virginia, which makes it a long way from Cape Canaveral, but that is the new reality of commercial spaceflight taking rocket launches out of my backyard and spreading them around the country. Time for […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Antares, Cape Canaveral, commercial spaceflight, Cygnus, dog, International Space Station, ISS, John Steinbeck, Mars, Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Orbital Sciences Corporation, Sam, spacecraft, swan, Travels with Charley, Virginia, Wallops Island