|Atlas V fly away on Saturday 26th, 2011 at 10h02 (locale). 16h02 (suisse).|
- Photo : rke
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Rocket chaser : what a job, but its ruffle on space !
A column of buses full of VIPs expected to pass the checkpoint before reaching one of the administrative buildings of the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Which vehicules carrys these fine people near the VAB. For me, I take my neighborhood at the top of the block-media TV CBS News. From there, the view is much striking. The rocket's nose tip (payload fairing of Switzerland) and a behind a lagoon and a line of shrubs. It’s enough visible and I'm proud. How should I adjust my case camera (Canon EOS 1D Mark 4) and my white « miniature telescope » on its end (focus, 300 mm, 3.5) ? The sky darkened, a little, the sun comes and goes. Shoot ! I gun in a rafale shot ! This is Atlas already escaped leaving and let out white flames. The roket takes off at a right time, 10:02 am (locale). Eh ! it isn’t the top, I must manually camera set my stuff. I lose control for a second and then found my spirits, but the rocket is already high. I still have time to shoot some photos upstream before adjusting my video camera on a tripod nearby. I target Atlas at the center of my sight. Noise reaches us off after twenty seconds. I just have time to check out the viewfinder and I realize that the rocket has already penetred the clouds ... with success. Gosh ! It went quickly this launch. No doubt, it takes experience to become a rocket chaser.