Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- RBSP Night Launch
Posted on 09/02/2012 6:05:34 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: This graceful arc traces a Delta rocket climbing through Thursday's early morning skies over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, USA. Snug inside the rocket's Centaur upper stage were NASA's twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP), now in separate orbits within planet Earth's Van Allen radiation belts. Reflected in the Turn Basin from a vantage point about 3 miles from Space Launch Complex 41, the scene was captured in a composite of two exposures. One highlights the dramatic play of launch pad lighting, clouds, and sky. A subsequent 3 minute long exposure records the rocket's fiery trail. While most spacecraft try to avoid the radiation belts, named for their discoverer James Van Allen, RBSP's mission will be to explore their dynamic and harsh conditions.
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[Credit & Copyright: Mike Killian]
Extremely intense picture, Sunky! I love the reflection on the water. Thanks!
That is magnificent Photography!
Thank You For your faithful IPOD !
Reminds me of math class from High Shcool for some reason.
Great picture. Dr. Van Allen would be proud. I took an astronomy class from him in college. He was a good instructor and a nice guy—as well as an inveterate waffle maker—mm-mmm good!
Suddenly I’m hungry for an Egg McMuffin....
The Van Allen belts hold up earth’s pants. Without them, we’d moon the moon.