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Shoot The Moon548 viewsThe final piece of Boeing's new generation of Delta IV Rocket Fleet lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on June 27, 2006. The Delta IV M (Medium Plus) left the pad at 20:33 hrs Pacific Daylight Time and rose into the colorful twilight accented by the thin Waxing crescent Moon. What you see is the vapor trail left over from the Liquid Rocket Motor.
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Our Regular Bear547 viewsCritters are alive and well on Holly Slope. This Bear makes regular visits. Sometimes 2 or 3 times a week. Usually around Midnight. Leila and I ran into him one evening near the circle around 11pm on a late walk . Fortunately he wanted nothing to do with us and took off running across the dirt lot towards the ravine.
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Tall Ships547 viewsTaken in Oxnard CA during the Tall Ships Festival.
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Wood Fairies547 viewsTaken 11/12/06
Have you ever heard stories about the Wood Fairies? It has to do with Fairies escaping from the wood burned in campfires. I’m not sure where the story originated but apparently its true. Can you see them in the photo leaving the fire?
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Looking Back544 viewsThis was the view looking back from the opening just behind the cockpit. It was like sticking your head out of a convertible going 165 MPH.
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Minotaur 5543 views"Aftermath" September 22, 2005 marked the first Vandenberg AFB dusk launch in nearly three years. The Minotaur booster Lifted off from south Vandenberg just after 19:24 PDT, the start of a 16-minute launch window.
This last photo shows the remainder of the vapor trail several minutes following the launch. The upper atmosphere winds have twisted it. Taken from the Pasadena area using my Canon Digital Rebel.
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Shadows543 viewsThe setting Sun was casting some interesting Shadows on the Sand Dunes.
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30 Seconds Over Hollywood542 viewsView from the right Waist Gunners position as we flew over Hollywood. The Hollywood Sign can be seen in the distance.
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Dwarfed542 viewsAndy's Jeep is dwarfed by the big Sand Dunes at Dumont.
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JPL Under Siege538 viewsThursday 8/27 around 8:45 PM. Lynne and I went down to the Arroyo to see how the fire was going. It was an eerie sight to see the fire extending along the ridge behind JPL. It didn't look like it was going to get any better soon.
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537 viewsLunchtime walks provided a refreshing break from the hard work being done at the Earth Station.

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