As with our last journey to photograph a launch in September, research beforehand paid off in that we had a few options. We ended up going with our “secondary target” due to tree complications at the first. Seeing the result, it’s hard to tell why we considered it a lesser view initially!
Our photos ended up very similar, as to be expected given we were standing right next to each other. Some slight differences on settings are noted in the captions. Our shots, as with a number below, are “stacked.” This process brings out the light from the trail from many frames. In this case, because the Capitol is much too bright to do a several minute timed exposure.
We’ve also selected a handful of stellar regional highlights from our Flickr pool, and via photos shared with us through social media. It was especially awesome to see the happy responses on Facebook and Twitter.
Video: NASA rocket streaks through eastern sky
Minotaur rocket launch seen from the Capitol (June 30, 2011)
NASA’s LADEE moon launch lights up the night (September 7, 2013)