Launch of the LADEE

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Launch of the LADEE
Posted by DaveMitsky on Saturday, September 07, 2013 12:41 AM

A number of fellow ASH members and I witnessed the 11:27 p.m. EDT launch of the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) from the Naylor Observatory. It was far more spectacular than I had hoped. When we first saw the five-stage Minotaur V rocket, it was a brilliant reddish negative third-or-fourth magnitude point of light.

I observed the staging of the Minotaur through Celestron 8x42s. The ignition of the second and third stages was fascinating to watch. A relatively long-lasting vapor trail was visible. The rocket's southeast-to-east trajectory was higher in altitude than I expected. The Minotaur V was visible for about four minutes.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/ladee/main/index.html#.UirDuMasjTo

http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/MissionUpdates/MinotaurV/index.shtml

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/09/orbitals-minotaur-v-launch-ladee-mission-moon/

http://www.universetoday.com/99284/nasas-ladee-lunar-probe-set-for-spectacular-science-and-september-night-launch-visible-to-millions-and-millions/

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Saturday, September 07, 2013 1:39 AM

Some photos of the launch have been posted at www.space.com/22694-nasa-ladee-moon-mission-launch-photos.html

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Saturday, September 07, 2013 9:19 PM

One of the most dramatic photographs of the launch that I've seen so far is posted at spaceweather.com/.../indiv_upload.php

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Sunday, September 08, 2013 6:19 PM

At the moment, I'm not able to operate a telescope due to an injury but i did manage to catch glimpses of a few celestial objects through some member telescopes, the ASH 12.5" Cave Astrola Newtonian, and the ASH 14" Meade LX200 SCT.  They included Uranus, Neptune, M13, M57, NGC 457 (the Owl Cluster), and NGC 7009 (the Saturn Nebula).

I had hoped to see SN 2013ej in M74 when it had achieved sufficient altitude but the skies grew increasingly cloudy and everyone left before that could transpire.

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Sunday, September 15, 2013 12:55 AM

The perils of being too close to a launch pad...

www.cnn.com/.../index.html

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Posted by Primordial on Sunday, September 15, 2013 12:35 PM

DaveMitsky : A giant leap for frogkind.

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Sunday, September 15, 2013 4:04 PM

That unfortunate amphibian should have been on a lily pad, not a launch pad! Wink

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Tuesday, October 08, 2013 2:44 AM

Sic itur ad astra!

Chance favors the prepared mind.

A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

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