Re: MMII VAFB Launch Observed Jan. 18

From: Jake Rees (jrburca@worldnet.att.net)
Date: Tue Jan 18 2000 - 20:25:32 PST

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    Robin, the Oct. 2 one was covered locally, nationally, and internationally
    on TV.  This was due to the fact that it was a "Star Wars" (I don't really
    like that term but it's catchy) type test more than the visual so. Calif.
    angle.  The local LA TV covered both aspects, i.e. the mission and the
    visual display.
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    -----Original Message-----
    From: Robin R. Wier <rwier@cris.com>
    To: Jake Rees <jrburca@worldnet.att.net>
    Cc: SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com <SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com>
    Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2000 8:02 PM
    Subject: Re: MMII VAFB Launch Observed Jan. 18
    
    
    >Jake,
    >Wow, good job, but me thinks you might be a little optimistic about the
    >TV coverage.
    >Robin
    >
    >Jake Rees wrote:
    >>
    >> Tuesday morning, I had been pessimistic about being able to see anything
    due
    >> to extensive clouds.  However, as sunset approached, it got better and
    >> better and at 6 PM, there were only a few clouds and nothing much in my
    view
    >> to the west towards Vandenberg.
    >>
    >> I saw it from near my home across an athletic field and school roof.  It
    >> launched about 20 min. into the window.  First sighted coming up over a
    tree
    >> on the horizon, it appeared as a short elongated orange flame through
    >> binoculars.  As it climbed various flashes were seen and stages dropping
    off
    >> could be seen as "sparks" behind the rocket.  A dim smoke trail could be
    >> seen behind the missile's exhaust.  After over 1:15 from liftoff, it
    became
    >> very bright and white and a fan-shaped display suddenly grew out from the
    >> exhaust.  My friend said it looked like an angel.  This display remained
    in
    >> the sky for about a minute before fading somewhat abruptly.  This most
    >> interesting part of the display, I think, was looking down the tailpipe
    of
    >> the missile exhaust as it was high into space and the fan-shape mostly
    below
    >> it, was crystallized fuel propellent catching the sunrays.  After it was
    all
    >> gone, a dim light blue patch of color remained in the sky for a few
    minutes.
    >> I also recorded it on camcorder; camcorder in right hand, binoculars in
    left
    >> hand, and split my time between looking through each and just looking
    naked
    >> eye.
    >>
    >> I would think there may be video of this certainly on local LA TV news
    and
    >> maybe nationally and worldwide.
    >>
    >> -- Jake Rees
    >>     Burbank, California
    >>
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