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Desc:This is a Minotaur Rocket Launched from Vandenberg AFB on 2005-09-23 after sunset.
Category:Science & Technology, Educational
Tags:rocket, sunset, launch, pretty
Submitted:Albuquerque Halsey
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That thing that happens right around 1:15... I guess it's stage separation.

It is beautiful.
That was God rubbing one out.

You're correct, it's the second stage firing.

Big Beef Burritos Supreme
Nice camera!
Albuquerque Halsey
Swords into plowshares:

wiki: "The Minotaur I Rocket is an American solid fuel rocket designed to launch small satellites. It is built by Orbital Sciences Corporation and uses decommissioned Minuteman 2 solid rocket motors in its first and second stages, combined with Pegasus-based third and fourth stages."
The Mothership
I know, amazing.

Scrotum H. Vainglorious
Living in Orange County we were sometimes lucky enough to see these things go up. Beautiful an a bit eery at the same time :O
Ahaha, rad - I've been on base for a few Titan IV launches - and the trippiest part is when the rocket is pointing directly away from you, as it makes this huge 4 pointed starburst that messes with your eyes. Dawn and evening launches are the best.
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