Sunday Iridium launch obser

18 May 1998 12:40:28 -0800

Hi All,

I was driving back from Yosemite Sunday afternoon and was on Rt. 99 a
few miles south of Fresno when I saw the Delta missile contrail AS it was
being generated.  Visibility was excellent, and the sky was covered with
jet contrails.  But there was no confusing the missile track -- the =
speed upper atmospheric winds soon zigzagged the contrail.  I was a bit
surprised to see it since I knew they were planning to launch Friday and
I had no access to news while in the park.  From a map, it looks like I
was about 140 miles from VAFB at the time.  --Rob