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Old 9th October 2018, 06:15 AM   #1
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Spacex Launch - spectacular light show.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-0...rvers/10354900


If he never achieves anything else he has done enough with this. Sunlight was catching the exhaust from the launch into the night sky.
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Old 9th October 2018, 09:47 AM   #2
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I once saw a Titan launch from a beach in the LA area. It was spectacular, but not as much as that!
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First time they've landed a first stage at Vandenberg's LZ4. All previous west coast launches hand been landed on the drone ship.

As a regular watcher of launches, I noticed from the Stage One telemetry that landing on the West Coast appears to work differently from the East Coat - lower speeds and a longer time between the boostback and re re-entry burns.
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Old 9th October 2018, 05:26 PM   #4
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I like to watch their launches live. I've missed about the last five in a row. This one sounds like it was especially good. Guess I'll go watch the replay.
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Old 10th October 2018, 02:50 PM   #5
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The timing of the launch worked out to provide a great display, with the sun cutting through Earth's atmosphere to reach the nearer portions with reddened sunset-light, while the upper portions were in unfiltered sunlight. That also gives some idea of the scale of the interacting exhaust plumes. And a wonderfully clear view of the first stage doing its water-strider imitation as it maneuvered for the trip back.

Some of the better photos I've seen of it:
https://500px.com/photo/277329115/sp...h-by-brian-won
https://500px.com/photo/277329113/pr...d-by-brian-won
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