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Delta II/Iridium launch, February 18, 1998

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Delta II/Iridium, February 18 1998 Delta II launch at 5:58 on the morning of February 18 1998. This launch brings the number of IRIDIUM spacecraft in orbit to 51. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

Delta II/Iridium, February 18 1998 Time exposure of the liquid fueled core of the Delta illuminated by the sun after it climbed out of the shadow of the Earth. The waning gibbous moon is shining at upper left. Upper level winds pulled the contrail in various directions during the exposure. The contrail was rapidly twisted into a convoluted cloud. The reddish end is illuminated by sunlight that has passed through more of the atmosphere.  Photographer: Brian Lockett.

Book about missiles and rockets available from

The Missile and Space Race by Alan J. Levine. Here is a history of the development of military missiles and space travel from World War II to the American visits to the Moon in 1969-1972. It stresses the relationship between the early stages of space exploration and the arms race, and that a dual path led to space flight. One was the development of unmanned long-range war rockets, the other, less often noted, was the rocket-powered research plane. The first path led through the intercontinental ballistic missile to the first artificial satellites and space capsule; the latter, more uniquely American, through the X-series and Skyrocket rocket planes to the X-15, and ultimately to the Space Shuttle. The early part of the book focuses on the Soviet-American race to develop the ICBM in the 1950s, and the first satellites, with particular attention paid to the events and reactions that followed the flight of Sputnik I in 1957 and the subsequent missile gap era.

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Call the Vandenberg Air Force Base Launch Hotline at (805) 606-1857 for current launch schedule information.

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