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The initial stages of the ascent appeared normal as the rocket climbed straight up and then arced away to the northeast on a trajectory tilted 34.5 degrees to the equator.
The second stage began an initially slow roll midway through the burn that became more and more pronounced as the rocket climbed.
Musk said the second stage rolled more than expected and that engineers would look into the issue to make sure it was not an indicator of a more serious problem. But he said the roll did not affect the rocket's overall performance.
Descriptions of the object and its motion varied, but a general picture soon emerged. It was called, in turn, a pinpoint, a moving spiral, a glowing cloud, and a big ball of fire. In Houston, Don Stockbauer described an orangish nebulosity surrounded by an irregularly shaped white cloud elongated vertically, with a dim starlike nucleus. Brenda Newton of Rochester, New York, recalled: “It started to get bigger and it had a tail. By the time we got out of the truck, it had begun to spiral. It lasted for a few minutes, then became like a dim star and floated toward the west.”
Old Chinese UFO Magazine & “that” spiral.
Originally posted by univac500 on the 5th April 2010:
Recently, as I was strolling through one of Beijing's gigantic flea markets, I happened upon these old U.F.O. magazines.
"Searching For Flying Saucers"
This magazine was published in the city of Lanzhou in the province of Gansu. The prices of the magazines we see here range from 0.30 Yuan (July 1983) to 1.20 Yuan (March 1991).
In China, back in 1983, if you didn't want to spend your 0.30 Yuan on a U.F.O. magazine, that same 0.30 Yuan would have bought you a pack of smokes. The choice was yours, bribe your company leader with a pack of smokes or a U.F.O. magazine.
Let's examine the next magazine in some detail.
Inside first page, table of contents:
Some of the articles:
1) "Japanese pilot sees U.F.O."
2) "Types of U.F.O's"
3) "Looking for the footprints of the aliens"
4) "U.F.O's and power plants"
The next and final magazine in today's collection is from July 1990.
Now, I would like to draw your attention to the inside back cover.
What have we here? Where have I seen this before?
Translation (as best as I can do):
"These photos were taken August 27th 1988. (August 28th 9:00 - 9:05 PM Beijing Time) Long: 124 30 Lat: 49 50. These photos were taken around Dongbei, NeiMengGu (Inner Mongolia)."
So, there you have it, a short trip down memory lane with a look at U.F.O. magazines in China (and before the time when 'bar codes' would eventually spoil the cover of every magazine worldwide.
Originally posted by Maybe...maybe not on the 5th April 2010:
The Jiuquan Space Launch Center could well be the source of that missile launch as shown in your magazine.
You might be able to track down some launch info
Originally posted by internos on the 6th April 2010:
It has been posted several times here on ATS.
That video was originally submitted HERE
Unknown Object in P.D.R. CA
November 8,1997 An Unknown Object that flew over Toe`s Beach in Playa del Rey,CA. Notice the bright object right over it.
It was a Delta II launch.
On the evening of 1997 November 8, a Delta II rocket carrying five Iridium communications satellites lifted off from Space Launch Complex 2-West at Vandenberg AFB. The launch took place during evening twilight and the rocket climbed out of the Earth's shadow and into sunlight, creating a memorable display visible over a wide area. The webmaster recorded the event on film from Santa Ynez Peak in Santa Barbara County, California.
The Delta II carries the Iridium 38, 39, 40, 41, and 43 satellites into orbit as its sunlit contrail is suspended in the dusk sky. The webmaster took this photo during the late portion of the first stage burn just before main engine cut-off (MECO). The bright white dot on the right is the planet Venus.
This image shows the sunlit contrail from the Delta II just after first stage main engine cut-off. Following MECO, the rocket dropped significantly in brightness and was difficult to see. The very faint white speck in the lower left may be the rocket following second stage ignition.
Delta II Rocket Launch, Vandenberg AFB, CA
November 8, 1997, 17:35 PST
Exposure: 1/30 sec.
Film: K-Mart Imation ISO 400 color print
Lens: Tamaron 28mm-200mm f/3.5 at 28mm.
Location: Goleta, CA, 42 miles ESE of launch point.
The top frame shows the rocket's exhaust plume illuminated by the sun, about 20 minutes after sunset. Venus can be seen below the rocker, Jupiter is off to the lower left of the rocket. The bottom frame is a close up of the rocket approaching Jupiter. The exhaust plume is now in direct sunlight. Notice the difference between the white plume in the top frame and orange exhaust in the lower frame.
I bet it has been some unforgettable spectacle
Originally posted by ocker
In the Images I am showing below you can clearly notice the roll that SpaceX boss Elon Musk was speaking about in a post i made yesterday.
The Images by frame clearly show the dramatic roll we have witnessed
Originally posted by auswally
Still amazes me, how sooo many saw, and sooo many had different accounts
The spiral is consistent with effluent being expelled by a spinning vehicle. This was the first orbital test of a new rocket, not the time to be trying out new military hardware.
Originally posted by tauristercus
Why would mission control release this unspent fuel DIRECTLY OVER Coolangatta, which is a major Australian city in Queensland ... rather than wait a few more mins until the Falcon 9 was well and truly over the Pacific ocean ?
Originally posted by virgom129
reply to post by InfaRedMan
Are they time stamps on the pics? If so is that like 18:53 as in 6.53 PM ?
Pardon my ignorance,