Sunday, December 10, 2006

a ball of fire in the night sky



Earlier tonight I watched the Space Shuttle Discovery take off from the Cape via a live feed at NASA's website. The launch was significant for the space agency since it was its first night launch since the Columbia tragedy. The explosive launch itself is quite dramatic. Soon after take-off, all one can see is a yellowish-orange ball of fire ascending rapidly in the darkness of the night sky.

Watch and read about the launch here.

At some point, I'd like to attend a launch at the Cape though preferably in the day. The shuttle fleet is supposed to retire in 2010, so I have few years to try to catch one live.

In other space-related news, NPR has a very informative discussion about the basics of star/planetary gazing during the winter. Listen to it here.

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