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    By now, y'all have seen better pics of the FH launch than I could possibly take, but I'm going to bore you with a few anyway.

    Let's start with something rarely seen by the public, but part of the (expensive!) ticket for this event: The Shuttle Landing Facility:



    Yes, it's a hell of a long runway!

    And the plaque marking where the last Shuttle landing ended:



    (These two pics were taking with my phone, a Moto XT1575).
    The engineering problems are likely insurmountable. It would be like proposing to land a rocket booster section on a barge floating in the middle of the ocean.

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    Remaining pics are all with an OM-D E-M5 with Zuiko 40-150 (80-300 equivalent with the Micro Four Thirds sensor).

    Jason's friend playing with his camera, which would definitely win a camera-swinging contest with mine.

    The engineering problems are likely insurmountable. It would be like proposing to land a rocket booster section on a barge floating in the middle of the ocean.

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    Yes, we're definitely launching a rocket here. Two and a quarter hours late, but better than never!



    And here I imagined Elon breathing a big sigh of relief because it had cleared the tower without blowing up:

    The engineering problems are likely insurmountable. It would be like proposing to land a rocket booster section on a barge floating in the middle of the ocean.

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    What surprised me is how long the trajectory appeared to be straight up from our perspective before it turned down-range toward the east:



    Shortly after side-booster separation:

    The engineering problems are likely insurmountable. It would be like proposing to land a rocket booster section on a barge floating in the middle of the ocean.

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    Booster re-entry burn. One had already shut down:



    Boosters landing:



    The gray thing on the right is the NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building.
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    The engineering problems are likely insurmountable. It would be like proposing to land a rocket booster section on a barge floating in the middle of the ocean.

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    And last but not least, a jubilant crowd after both boosters touched down intact:

    The engineering problems are likely insurmountable. It would be like proposing to land a rocket booster section on a barge floating in the middle of the ocean.

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    Here's the view from Australia.....

    http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv...load_id=142537

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    Another round of California "UFO" videos hitting YouTube on Saturday morning.....

    DAWN LAUNCH
    by Brian Webb

    The February 17 launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg AFB could
    provide an interesting light show visible over a wide area.

    The rocket is scheduled to lift off at 06:17 PST, the presumed start
    of an unspecified launch window, and carry Spain’s Paz earth-imaging
    satellite into a nearly-polar orbit. The window may be relatively
    short because Paz needs to be precisely positioned in orbit with
    respect to other spacecraft to form an earth-observation satellite
    constellation.

    The current launch time occurs 29 minutes before Vandenberg sunrise.
    Weather permitting, the Falcon 9’s bright orange flame should be
    visible in western California at least as far away as San Luis Obispo
    and Santa Monica.

    A computer simulation by Launch Alert contributor Rick Baldridge shows
    the rocket will exit the Earth’s shadow and climb into sunlight at
    T+2 minutes 10 seconds.

    That would make the launch especially interesting as the Falcon 9’s
    exhaust plume is illuminated by the Sun while suspended in a semi-dark
    sky. Such a display could be visible from San Francisco to Baja
    California.

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    LAUNCH AND COUNTDOWN STATUS

    For Falcon 9 / Paz launch and countdown status, consult the following
    sources:

    Web Sites with Countdown Status and Webcasts:

    www.spaceflightnow.com

    www.spacex.com

    Twitter Updates:

    twitter.com/spaceflightnow/

    twitter.com/30thSpaceWing

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------

    RESOURCES

    For additional information related to the Falcon 9 / Paz launch, go to
    the following locations:

    Launch Vehicle

    www.spacex.com

    Launch Viewing

    www.spacearchive.info/vafbview.htm

    Photographing Launches

    www.spacearchive.info/vafbphoto.htm

    Weather Forecasts

    www.wrh.noaa.gov/lox/main.php?suite=public

    cleardarksky.com/csk

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    Quote Originally Posted by vreihen View Post
    Another round of California "UFO" videos hitting YouTube on Saturday morning.....
    Oh come on, nobody in California gets up before dawn!
    The engineering problems are likely insurmountable. It would be like proposing to land a rocket booster section on a barge floating in the middle of the ocean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwe View Post
    Oh come on, nobody in California gets up before dawn!
    ...but many of them are up until dawn...sneaking across the border or trying to leave the state when nobody's looking.....

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