posted on Oct, 15 2009 @ 08:09 PM
Okay all you Space buffs I need to find out what I saw this morning. As I was driving East on Hwy 58 just outside of Mojave, California at about 6:30
am, my buddy and I were headed pretty much due East and it was clear all the way to the horizon, sunrise only 20 min. away, brightening up, we saw
what to me looked like a missle contrail as its exiting the upper atmosphere, wide, misty contrail with a slightly denser contrail in the middle. The
"missle" was a shade darker blue of the sky as was the contrails and it suddenly appeared at about 10 o'clock position right above the highway,
pointing, from our view point, 80 to 90 deg. up, then about 5-10 sec later it dipped down for about 5 to 10 sec then back up and disappeared
Now before anyone says anything, I lived in Lompoc Calif for 10 years and Vandenberg AFB is right next to Lompoc and everybody in Lompoc for any
length of time, including myself, have seen multiple missle launches from Vandenbergs launch pads, not directly but they go right up over the pacific
and the SLC's are only about 10 miles from town. I know what a missle launch looks like and this looked extremely similar if not the same as the last
legs of a missle launch as its leaving the atmosphere.
So my question is does anybody know of or can find a link to any missle launches East of Mojave, past Edwards, could even have been in Nevada, this
morning? I am an avid space fan but am at a loss to explain this event.
Usually when a missle launch happens, you will see the whole contrail, this did not have a launch contrail from the ground, it looked like almost as
if the launch happened in flight. Very strange, but cool! Any help would be appreciated, thanks!