9/24/2005

Research Rocket Lights Up Sky, scares Angelinos - Los Angeles Times

ANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — A rocket carrying a military research satellite blasted off Thursday evening, dazzling spectators from California to Arizona with a rainbow of colors as it streaked across the sky at dusk.

The Minotaur rocket carrying a DARPA payload launched into orbit at 7:24 p.m. from Vandenberg Air Force Base....

"I've never seen anything like that," said Ken Baker, who was driving along Pacific Coast Highway from El Segundo to Manhattan Beach when he saw the rocket.

"It almost looked like a laser, it was so bright," he said.

People throughout Central and Southern California and parts of Arizona also reported seeing the launch, with some voicing concerns that it might have been an explosion or terrorist attack.

Research Rocket Lights Up Sky - Los Angeles Times

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