The Iridiums are launched

3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL
Sat, 8 Nov 97 17:58:50 PST

>From my vantage point about 160 miles north of Vandenberg, the Iridium
launched looked great.  What a spectacular sight!  The plume from
the rocket was beautifully sunlit, and was somewhere around 2 moon
diameters wide.  Just gorgeous.  Too bad all the Vandenberg launches
aren't a half hour after sunset.

Craig