Yesterday East Coast USA had the chance to see a real life rocket launch. We Brits obviously couldn't see it from way over here on the other side of the Atlantic. It's ok though. Here's a highlight.
Taken by Ben Cooper of Launch Photography, this fantastic shot shows the trial of fire the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer's Minotaur V rocket left behind as it blasted out of orbit.
The picture was shot from atop Rockefeller Center, about 200 miles north of NASA's Wallops Island, Virgina launchpad and that tower in the foreground is (duh) the Empire State Building.
They've got too many damn lights to see stars very often in NYC, so it's nice to see a serious streak of fire that puts out light on our kind of level. Too bad it's not a permanent fixture.