Bad Astronomy

Launch of LRO on YouTube

NASA has uploaded video of the launch of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter on YouTube. It’s pretty cool. I love how they are routinely putting webcams on the rockets now!

It fascinates me to watch how the rocket flame changes in color and shape as the air pressure drops with altitude. And that view of the Earth! Wow.

LRO will enter lunar orbit at 05:43 a.m. EDT (09:43 GMT) Tuesday, June 23. I think it will mark our return to the Moon to stay this time. It’s a first step, but a good one.