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Delta 2 Night Launch with GPS 2R Satellite by Per Hansen

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Image Information:
The United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket launched the seventh modernized NAVSTAR Global Positioning System Block 2R military navigation satellite. This Delta II was the next to last Delta 2 launch to be run by the U.S. Air Force from Cape Canaveral.

The official liftoff time was 4:34:00.244 a.m. EDT March 24, 2009.

Camera Information:
ISO 100, 102 seconds at f/22, 17mm focal length
Lens: Nikon 17-55mm on a Nikon D200 (25mm equivalent)

This photograph was made in my backyard in Viera, Florida (approx. 25 miles south-southwest of Launch Complex 17)


  • verero
    vereroabout 5 years ago

    Oh wow!!! It’s not just because it’s yours that I love this photograph! Great job with the long exposure, P. You only have one shot at it, eh? I don’t think they’d launch it again if the pic didn’t turn out right the first time around. Not even for you!
    I’m impressed.

  • Pretty cool what you can see in your backyard some days, eh? Aren’t these things cool? :-)

    I’ve tried calling “overs” before and you’re right, they have a really bad attitude about letting me set-up to catch a different angle. They just don’t understand :-(

    Thank you!

    – Per Hansen

  • Erika Gouws
    Erika Gouwsabout 5 years ago

    Wow! What an amazing shot!

  • Thank you very much! I love night rocket launches :-)

    – Per Hansen

  • Rhonda Strickland
    Rhonda Stricklandabout 5 years ago

    Wow, way cool!!! I love the description. . . it makes me feel a part of history…

  • Thank you

    I’ve been real conscious of the historical aspects of a lot of the launches lately with the imminent fly-out of the shuttle program. I’ll be posting plenty of launch images if you care to check back from time to time. :-)

    – Per Hansen

  • a~m .
    a~m .about 5 years ago

    lurve that the trail intersects that top right corner! ♥
    well done P…
    V!!! Fancy meeting you here!!!

  • Thank you, thank you very much

    RB should SO add emotes…

    – Per Hansen

  • Bryan Freeman
    Bryan Freemanabout 5 years ago

    Great capture.

  • Thank you (and sorry for the late reply) :-)

    – Per Hansen

  • Kyle Johnstone
    Kyle Johnstoneabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful to say the least – what an interesting shot!

  • Thank you. Some of the things you see in the backyard can be amazing :-)

    – Per Hansen

  • Lammerting
    Lammertingalmost 5 years ago

    a very nice loooong exposure Per, nice composition, but I’m sure you cropped it afterwards ;-)
    nevertheless, it’s very nice, it’s at night, it has lights, and a certain feel to it, my cup of tea :-)
    Glad to see you up and shooting again, next up should be me ;-)
    take care of the 2 ladies this week :-)

  • Steve – I didn’t see you sneak in here. Thanks for the comment. there was the least little crop, but not where you think. :-)

    – Per Hansen

  • alanbrito
    alanbritoover 4 years ago

    very cool shot Per!

  • Thank you very much Alan – it was very cool to see too :-)

    – Per Hansen

  • alanbrito
    alanbritoover 4 years ago

    Did it keep on going up? Cause from the photo, it looks like it went straight back down to Earth, lol…

  • The mission was 100% successful. The military should be able to reliably find what they’re looking for :-)

    – Per Hansen

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