My first Pegasus launch!

Thu, 2 Apr 1998 09:59:30 -0800

I saw last night's TRACE launch from my home near
San Francisco.  I could see a column of white smoke
moving straight up from the horizon.  At some point
the smoke stopped and it was apparently travelling
directly away from me (I was looking up the tail pipe).
At 1x this looked like a large tailless comet.  It then
disappeared rather abruptly.  The smoke began
blowing in different directions even as I watched.
All of this was while standing on a platform (no rails),
leaning to one side (because of a distant tree) while
my 4 year old shook my leg.

p.s.  I saw no trace of Sunday's Iridium launch.
Next time I'll try the roof.