Friday, October 24th, 2008 | Author: admin
Look to the west around 7:30 and you might catch a view similar to the photo above of a Delta II rocket with a COSMO-SkyMed 3 earth observation satellite in the night sky. Exact launch time is 19:28:21 on October 24, 2008. Caption for photographer Brian Webb’s image above (taken November 8, 1997) reads:
“The Delta II carries the Iridium 38, 39, 40, 41, and 43 satellites into orbit as its sunlit contrail is suspended in the dusk sky. The webmaster took this photo during the late portion of the first stage burn just before main engine cut-off (MECO). The bright white dot on the right is the planet Venus.”
The rocket’s trail will likely appear differently depending on where you view it.
Additional information: http://www.spacearchive.info/vafbsked.htm