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Photo Of The Day

As many of you may already know, last night just about a half hour before midnight, NASA launched a rocket from its facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia carrying a probe headed for  the Moon to conduct experiments related to its (minimal) atmosphere and the movement of Lunar dust. Thanks to the weather, it was a clear night throughout much of the East Coast so those who were lucky enough to find a good viewing spot were able to see it race through the sky.

Here’s a photo taken from the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza that has been making its rounds on Twitter and Facebook today:


Sadly, I must report that yours truly was not able to see the launch. A combination of a long week, and the fact that finding an unobstructed view to the East would’ve required bit of driving unfortunately.

The probe will arrive at the Moon in early October.

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About Doug Mataconis
Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May, 2010 and also writes at Below The Beltway. Follow Doug on Twitter | Facebook


  1. JWH says:

    I understand Jerry Lewis was hired to commentate on the launch.

    “Hey Ladee … “

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  2. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Cool pic.

    @JWH: OUCH!

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