So we dashed down to Virginia tonight (45 min.) to see NASA launch an Air Force Minotaur I rocket carrying the Air Force Research Laboratory’s TacSat-3 satellite and two secondary payloads from their Wallops Island, Virgina facility.
Wallops Island Homepage
There was surprisingly, quite a crowd on the edge of this field, in the relative middle of nowhere. Still, it was easy to find a good spot to stand to observe the launch.
We tried to catch this launch a couple of weeks ago later in the evening and the mission was scratched 2 minutes before blastoff. M was really anxious to see the launch as she'd never seen one and she admits to being a space geek. So this was very exciting for her.
Here's a little bit of the trail behind the rocket.
There were various types of rockets on display all around the area as we were in the Visitor's Area for the facility.
NASA Wallops Island Webcast Here's a video clip of the launch. I only had my camera phone with me so forgive its limitations.