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Atlas 5 Rocket Launch
updated: Feb 11, 2013, 11:22 AM

By Robert Bernstein

Exactly on time at 10:02AM a Landsat satellite was launched on an Atlas 5 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force base. After watching the launch on the Space Flight Now web site I ran into my front yard in Goleta and got some photos as it rose into the clear blue sky!

Click here to see my photos.

I circled the rocket in red in two of the photos so you could see it relative to the jagged contrail it left behind.

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 SUSIECHAOS agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-11 01:00 PM

Thanks for sharing--fun pictures!!

One of the things I miss most about living in Goleta is watching the rocket launches. I remember a time when I worked at UCSB and went outside to watch a launch, and everyone wanted to know what I was doing. It's also a lot of fun to drive nearer to Vandenburg and see them even closer.


 COMMENT 373300 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-11 01:37 PM

Thanks for the pictures!


 COMMENT 373318 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-11 02:16 PM

Uhhhmmmm... VandenbErg


 COMMENT 373513 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-11 08:57 PM

Thank you for the kind words and glad you enjoyed my photos! It was nice to witness a launch of a rocket for peaceful purposes!

-- Robert


 UPONTHEHILL agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 08:07 AM

Thanks for the pics. We usually can see the launches from up on the Riviera. We weren't able to see anything this time.


 RHS agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 09:33 AM

Was the use of "imperical" meant as satire? Clearly the weapons system tests that we are mentioning are meant to continue the reign of the American Empire. "Emperical" tests are more consistent with any alleged scientific research purpose.


 RHS agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 09:37 AM

Errata; Previous comment was meant for the other discussion on the lauch. Mea culpa.


 COMMENT 373906 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 06:10 AM

Back in March 1977, a bunch of us Geography grad students were helpers at a UC Extension course on remote sensing up in Santa Maria, and the culmination was a trip to Vandenberg to see the launch of Landsat C (renamed Landsat 3 when it went operational). It was a memorable weekend. I have pictures, somewhere.


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