Minuteman III launch, April 2, 2008
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A Minuteman III missile was launched on a suborbital trajectory toward Kwajalein Atoll from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 1:01 A.M. on Wednesday, April 2, 2008.
197-second exposure of the ascent of the Minuteman III. ISO 200. Aperture f4 You can buy framed prints or greeting cards of this photograph.
30-second exposure of the exhaust cloud left by the Minuteman III taken six minutes after launch. ISO 1600. Aperture f3.5
122-second exposure of the exhaust cloud left by the Minuteman III taken eight minutes after launch. The lights of an airplane may be seen at lower left over the W-532 Warning Area. ISO 1600. Aperture f4
Composite of the image above and the launch photo shows that the exhaust cloud was emitted late in the ascent of the missile.
More Vandenberg AFB launch photography.
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Photos of thirteen rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base:
Pegasus-XL/Wide-Field Infra-red Explorer (WIRE) March 4, 1999
Atlas-IIAS/Terra December 18, 1999
Delta II/Gravity Probe B, April 20, 2004
Minotaur/Streak September 22, 2005
Titan IV/National Reconnaissance Office satellite, October 19, 2005
Minuteman III, February 16, 2006
Minuteman III, April 2, 2008
Target Launch Vehicle, September 24, 2008
Delta-II/GeoEye 1, September 6, 2008
Delta II/Jason 2, June 20, 2008
Delta II/COSMO-Skymed, October 24, 2008
Taurus/Orbiting Carbon Observatory, February 24, 2009
Delta-II/Worldview 2, October 28, 2009
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