Rocket Exhaust Trail From Phoenix Mars Mission Launch

Smoke trail from launch of Phoenix Mars Mission

Sunrise After the Launch of the Phoenix Mars Mission

The rocket exhaust produced by a Delta II Rocket continued to linger in the sky at dawn after the launch of the Phoenix Mars Mission on August 4, 2007. It resulted in a beautiful display of man-made noctilucent clouds before dawn.

This image was taken with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel SLR camera using an 18-55mm zoom lens.

August 4, 2007
Image by Sid Leach
Cocoa Beach, Florida

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