posted on May, 17 2011 @ 10:50 PM
Originally posted by Swizzy
reply to post by gortex
Interesting! I knew this video was probably taken out of context somehow!
Do you have any idea why it looks the way it does near the end? I've never seen anything like it!
This looks like nearly all orbital rocket launches.
Though it is not apparent from the video, the rocket is traveling upwards through different layers of the atmosphere as it emits its exhaust. In
different layers there are different physical properties resulting in distinct optical effects. You saw a transition towards the end (also remember
that it goes faster and faster so it goes through new layers faster and faster) when the exhaust "bulged out" and looked more wispy.
To me the physics may be similar to "notctilucent clouds", except that the exhaust would be very hot and might have some glow on its own.
This is normal. At the very end, the engine stopped, and so you didn't see anything any more, but the satellite was continuing on. In a multi-stage
rocket, you might see a pause (black area) after this wispy part, and then a new bright dot appear, possibly with some exhaust and possibly not, just
a new bright dot. This is the next stage igniting (In the Progress video you can see the stage transition so the weird video is that of the second
In sum, it was a 100% nominal rocket launch from 100% homo sapiens.
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