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Launch of the Red Bird

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#76858 by @ 13.07.2005 00:00 - nach oben -
Launch of the Red Bird

Explanation: Glare and exhaust from the three stage, solid fuel M-V-6 rocket punctuates a perfect launch of the Astro-E2 observatory. The dramatic picture was taken at the Uchinoura Space Center on July 10 at 12:30 JST. For dedicated astronomers, a celebration is definitely in order as this launch is a reflight of the Astro-E payload, originally destroyed in a launch failure in February 2000. Now being checked out in Earth orbit, the innovative instrumentation on board the satellite will explore the Universe in energetic x-rays. Following a tradition of renaming satellites after their successful launch, Astro-E2 has been newly dubbed Suzaku. Suzaku, a phoenix-like deity in mythology associated with the southern part of the sky, is a 'Red Bird'.

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#76871 by @ 13.07.2005 22:25 - nach oben -
ä rechts zäpfli, hä!
#76873 by @ 13.07.2005 23:18 - nach oben -
awas...das flutscht doch wiä nünt hrr hrr

(dä hesch selber z verantwortä ;-) )