Atlas launch seen from Manhattan Beach, CA

From: Bradley Allen (
Date: Thu Mar 13 2008 - 10:21:44 UTC

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    Observed the NROL-28 launch this morning from my home in Manhattan
    Beach, CA. Bright orange flame as it cleared my local horizon at 3:03
    PDT. Solid booster separation visible through 15x45 binoculars.
    Followed through to Centaur ignition before losing it in cloud cover.
    The trajectory seemed higher in elevation and faster than the typical
    Delta 2 launches from VAB.
    Bradley P. Allen
    N 33.881 W 118.388 42 meter
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