VAFB launch + Orion 3

From: Matson, Robert (
Date: Mon Jul 10 2000 - 11:33:27 PDT

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    > Yes, it was a good view from Tustin Orange County CA.
    Terrific from Newport Beach as well.  Fortunately I had turned
    on CNN around 7pm and they said the launch was delayed and
    rescheduled for 9:17pm PDT.  I was very impressed with how
    bright (and white!) the exhaust plume was.
    > ... The cloud faded out leaving a roughly cylindrical shape of a lovely
    > along the axis.  Blue color slowly deepened & faded.
    Looked blue-green to everyone in my group -- a beautiful, eerie
    teal color.  I wonder how many UFO reports were phoned in.
    > Thanks to Rob for prompting me to look at Orion 3! Short flashes to
    > negative magnitude! Interval between 2 flashes was 22.0 s
    We took a break from dinner at the Cheesecake Factory to watch
    this.  It wasn't as impressive as Thursday night, but still saw
    three flashes of negative magnitude -- brightest about -4 or -5.
    (Very difficult to judge these things of course).  --Rob
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