NASA Black Brant XII / CARE Rocket Launch 9-19-2009





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NASA Black Brant XII / CARE Rocket Launch
From Wallops Island, Virginia September 19, 2009

For more info about the science mission, read:

For more info about the launch, go to:

A video showing the actual rocket being launched is here:

Videotaped from Eldersburg, Md. (approx. 130 miles NW of Wallops Island)

Launch and Cloud Dispersal videotaped using "Color Slow Shutter" mode (1/2 second binning), daylight color balance, manual focus set to infinity. Sony digital camcorder DCR-TRV22, processed with Windows Movie Maker.

The apparent "slow-motion" appearance at normal speed is an artifact of the slow-speed "shutter" of the low-light mode for this camcorder. Each frame is about a 1/3 to 1/2 second exposure, letting the CCD accumulate more photons so faint objects can be imaged.

The rocket launch (first scene) is shown at normal speed. Then the cloud (rocket exhaust) release is shown at 8X normal speed first, as it is easier to see how the cloud was generated and dispersed when sped up. This repeats 2 more times without subtitles; finally, the cloud release is shown at normal speed.

The object moving from left-to-right near the bottom, is just a passenger jet on approach to BWI airport, 20 miles to the SW.

Except for editing out the ~6 minutes between launch and dispersal, and speeding up playback of the dispersal (the first 3 playbacks), no processing (contrast, brightness, sharpening etc.) was done to the video.


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