Plots for Californian's for Vandenberg launch tonight

From: Rick Baldridge (Rick.Baldridge@wj.com)
Date: Fri Jul 07 2000 - 17:42:44 PDT

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    Excuse the limited regional subject, but two plots of the MSLS missile (a
    modified Minuteman II) launch tonight from Vandenberg AFB as viewed from San
    Diego, CA and the San Francisco Bay Area are available at:
    
    SF BAY AREA
    http://albums.photopoint.com/j/ViewPhoto?u=940828&a=2571482&p=23933326
    
    
    San Diego:
    http://albums.photopoint.com/j/ViewPhoto?u=940828&a=2571482&p=23955169 
    
    .  Launch window is from 7:01pm PDT 'til 11pm.  Plots show the trajectory
    correct relative to azimuth and altitude for the locations no matter what time
    the launch occurs, however the times would be off.  Wishfully thinking - the
    plots are shown for a launch time of 9pm (local sunset in SF 8:31pm) and would
    also be correct relative to the stars as well as Alt & Azim. with the rocket
    entering sunlight 1min 28 seconds after launch, producing a spectacular scene! 
    Let's hope!  The plot only covers the full powered flight path.
    
    RICK BALDRIDGE
    
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