Tuesday, April 24, 2007

This Spaceport Rocks!

My photo of the launch (~3 miles from pad) and a more high fidelity NASA image.

Just got back this afternoon from Chincoteague. The Minotaur/NFIRE launch at 2:48 AM this morning was spectacular. A ground system problem caused a one-day slip from early Monday morning. I planned a two night stay just to cover that eventuality and to have more time to explore the Chincoteague area and eat some good seafood.

For more details on the launch and the NFIRE satellite's mission to collect research data for missile defense, see this SpaceflightNow.com article. This second Minotaur launch may be just a preview of more ambitious activities to come at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS).

A local hotel appreciates the spaceport business while some of the area's most famous residents seem blase about the exciting space ventures occurring nearby.

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