Vandenberg Delta launch photographed

Got up this morning to photograph the launch of a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg AFB from the new upper deck at Silver Home. When the light hits the rocket’s trail in the dark, it can be really spectacular. Conditions weren’t right for that phenomenon this morning, but we were still able to see a rocket stage burnout at 6:14am.

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Here’s Michelle on the upper concrete pad after the launch had come and gone.

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Here’s what we were hoping to get (Michelle’s photo from 2005):

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