Delta II Rocket Launch, Vandenberg AFB, CA

November 6, 1998; 0537 PST

Early morning launch, full moon above arc washes out detail.

Exposure: 5 seconds, f/3.5
Film: Fuji Superia 400
Lens: Tamaron 28mm-200mm f/3.5 at 28mm.
Location: Goleta, CA, 42 miles ESE of launch point.
Additional exposures: 1 - 2 seconds.

Rocket arches over from Vandenberg, AFB, second stage ignites.

Rocket booster in direct sunlight, the classic "Illuminated Sperm Cell" at altitude.

Rocket engine quits; the faint red line is the burn off as the rocket continues down range.

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