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some colorful dawn skies along the US east coast
featured the Moon and a
into low Earth orbit.
of the four stage Air Force
Minotaur I rocket
took place at
on Virginia's eastern shore.
Looking east, the rocket is visible beyond the top of the
twisting exhaust plume
in this wide angle view, with the waning crescent Moon
at the upper right.
The snapshot was taken from Alexandria, Virginia, some
100 miles northwest of Wallops Island.
from Wallops have so far been relatively rare,
the last two taking place in 1995 and 1985.
As a result, many early morning risers reported the unusual
The rocket's payload was the Air Force Research Laboratory's
satellite and NASA's
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