United Alliance Atlas V Launch 8Aug19

CarlS

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I left for Titusville this morning at 0400 to watch the launch of an Atlas V rocket. I couldn't get any of my sleepyhead riding buddies to go with me, :) I took the most direct route since it was early and I felt the main roads would be safer in the dark vs the two lane country roads. The Atlas lifted off at 0613 after a brief hold for a data anomaly. This was just before sunrise and the launch was spectacular. It was one of the prettiest launches I have ever seen. I rode 81 miles/130 kilometers round trip.

Cloud bank is thunderstorms over the Gulf Stream. The building is the VAB (Verticle Assembly Building)
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Ignition
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Lift off
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In this photo it looks like the rocket is coming down. In reality is heading directly away from me. It would take a 3D camera to accurately capture this. The smoke trail is white due to the sun which was still below the horizon.
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It was well worth getting up at 0330.
 

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That's awesome. I've always said I wanted to watch one but just never had the chance to get over that way for one. Thanks for sharing. TUP
 

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Wow, what a "blast" BGRIN TUP
 

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Carl, thats some good pictures, must be great to see that in person!
 

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I didn't think about the rumble and noise, i bet that is really something also.
 

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It gets your attention for sure. By the time you hear it , the rocket is almost out of sight.
 
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