Fletcher Photos - Rocket Trails
"Rocket Trails Sequence"
Over Santa Monica Mtns. - 2 photo set
separation & trails

Pentax 6x7 camera w/90 mm lens @ f/4 on Kodak VC 400

photo by Bill and Sally Fletcher

- Various tests are conducted in the upper atmosphere utilizing rockets and missiles launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The spectacular displays left in the evening sky can sometimes be seen from all over the Southwestern United States

These photos were taken October 1999 from the Santa Monica Mountains about 80 miles away. The one on the left shows a stage separation and exhaust plume. The one on the right shows the prismatic cloud of exhaust scattering sunlight that is still reaching it in the upper atmosphere.

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