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    Rocket Launch Tonite at 6:45 from Virginia!!


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    Thanks for the heads-up!
    Too bad the flight was scrubbed tonight.
    If it had launched around 5:50pm it would have crossed the path of the ISS (where the rocket is heading)!

    A few shots of the ISS as it passed overhead:



    The ISS on the left and a CRJ departing PHL on the right.

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    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/st...l#.VE7Tx76GuEk

    According to the NASA site it was scrubbed because there was a boat down range in the trajectory of the rocket if it lifted. Mmmmm, was it close enough to the liftoff to cause a security concern?
    They will try again at 6:22 tomorrow night!!
    I had a great view on the track at the middle school!! Beautiful evening with a crescent moon and a great view of the JFK 22 arrivals lining up from the SE. Did see the ISS fly overhead though at 6:51, west to SSE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerard View Post
    Mmmmm, was it close enough to the liftoff to cause a security concern?
    Probably more of a safety concern than security - if something goes wrong with the launch, you don't want to drop flaming rocket parts on people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moose135 View Post
    Probably more of a safety concern than security - if something goes wrong with the launch, you don't want to drop flaming rocket parts on people.
    Darwin says it's ok to proceed with the launch.

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    would this be following the same path as the rocket from wallops last winter? I think it was viewed to the south and went from the west to the east

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    Quote Originally Posted by puckstopper55 View Post
    would this be following the same path as the rocket from wallops last winter? I think it was viewed to the south and went from the west to the east
    Yes, still west-to-east and off to the south, but the angle above the horizon will be a little lower, since the trajectory is a little more southerly than the night launch last year.

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    Nice shots! I did watch ISS last nite...It was soooo cool, lasted about 4 min. Next time I'll try to video it on my cheapo camcorder. I saw some plane departing JFK crossing path of ISS


    Quote Originally Posted by Kiffy View Post
    Thanks for the heads-up!
    Too bad the flight was scrubbed tonight.
    If it had launched around 5:50pm it would have crossed the path of the ISS (where the rocket is heading)!

    A few shots of the ISS as it passed overhead:



    The ISS on the left and a CRJ departing PHL on the right.
    [URL="http://www.airport-data.com/photographers/gbmax:5834/"]My Aircraft Photos[/URL]

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    HOLY CRAP it just EXPLODED upon launching!! WOW!!!!

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    Was at Battery Park again this evening, but with a high thin layer of clouds this time (though thin enough that we probably would have seen it). Launch time comes and goes, no one sees it - everyone thought we were clouded out until someone checked Twitter or something and gave the news. There was a groan, a shrug, and then everyone headed off. Oh, well.

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    There are two impressive videos I saw. One was from a spotters area across the water!! The sound and force of the explosion is amazing and pretty much scares the hell out of many of the spotters who turn to getaway. Another is from an aircraft some miles away!! That is just as amazing!! Sorry I don't have the links available but worth your while to find and view.
    A big shame is the lost payload of science experiments that were heading to the ISS for research!! Awful!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moose135 View Post
    Probably more of a safety concern than security - if something goes wrong with the launch, you don't want to drop flaming rocket parts on people.
    I saw the vid from the plane but not from the spotters area.


    WHOA Moose! Clairvoyant???
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    Quote Originally Posted by mirrodie View Post
    I saw the vid from the plane but not from the spotters area.


    WHOA Moose! Clairvoyant???
    my bad, here is the right one lol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHMmMgdcOSU

    By now you all have seen it
    Last edited by DHG750R; 10-29-2014 at 10:43 PM. Reason: fixed the link

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    Quote Originally Posted by DHG750R View Post
    Of a Chevy Malibu? LOL!!

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