[TriLUG] NASA/Wallops launch info: Tonight (1/29) at 5:50-ish.
Joseph Mack NA3T
jmack at wm7d.net
Tue Jan 29 19:25:31 EST 2013
On Tue, 29 Jan 2013, Aaron Joyner wrote:
> Thanks for the very timely post, Joseph. That was fun to watch!
8 mins warning ;-)
Here's the view of the two thermite canisters from Duck, NC.
courtesy of cathy belcher @cath439
it looks like two point sources burning. I was wondering if
we would see a trail of ions glowing from UV illumination by
the sun. Instead it looks like you had to be outside at the
moment the two canisters were ignited.
I went outside straight after the launch, but I don't have a
good view east from here. I also didn't know the expected
elevation. I expect there was no hope of me seeing anything.
Wallops Is was something I read about when I was a kid. That
was the era when you learned about space exploration by
going to a library and taking out a book. You saw pictures
of Werner von Braun and V2 rockets and the WAC Corporal. You
were 4-10 yrs behind. It's just amazing to think that we
ever learned about things this way. Can you imagine learning
about Linux, only after a book on it appeared in the local
When I lived in MD, my neighbor in Silver Spring used to
talk about trips to Wallops Is in WWI to test the proximity
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