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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Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held 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 contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. JWH says:

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

    “Hey Ladee … “

  2. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Cool pic.

    @JWH: OUCH!