Today’s special photo segment:
Ensemble of Atlas Rocket liftoff – 3/8/97

It really was 25 years ago today that I had the unique opportunity to see NASA at full force! Here is my experience of the Atlas IIA rocket mission number AC-128 at launch site CCAFS, SLC-36A to launch the Tempo 2-Comsat into orbit that was launched by NASA on 3/8/1997. In today’s special anniversary photo ensemble. I am featuring photos of NASA in Cape Canaveral, Florida, redone in a .GIF photo on .GIPHY. This is such a must see event for anyone into astronomy! I recommend everyone see one of these once in your lifetime, because it tops any fireworks finale, by far! How fast the rocket goes after the afterburner is activated and it goes into orbit. The rocket literally disappears in seconds, and it looks like a magic trick!! Shocking, absolutely shocking! Date – March 8, 1997.

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Atlas IIA rocket mission number AC-128 at launch site CCAFS, SLC-36A to launch the Tempo 2-Comsat
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Photos taken with a tripod mounted Nikon FE camera through a Vivitar 70-150 zoom lens zoomed in at 150 mm, filter=NONE, Aperture=3.8 f/stop, shutter-speed ½ second, with the auto-winder on 1 second between the shots, so 1½ seconds per frame–loaded with Fujicolor 400 Color 135 Negative Film processed with C-41 Processing Chemicals, and a Type C Print using the RA-4 enlargement paper process, onto a 3½x5″ semi-gloss print.

I shared an ensemble of photos on one blog post back on May 27, 2020: Facebook Party Wrap-Up: NASA Getting Ready in Minutes for Liftoff & Featured Photo: Ensemble of Liftoff Photos Atlas Rocket – March 1997 I, which included a NASA Liftoff Facebook Party: Archive Link: NASA Launch Blog Party: Went May 26 at 3:30 PM – May 27 at 4 PM.

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30 thoughts on “25 Year Anniversary: NASA Atlas Rocket Liftoff – March 8, 1997

  1. My kids and I attended a NASA Workshop at the library.The amount of information, pics, and souvenirs we received were astounding. To actually see videos and pics of space is beyond words.

  2. Today’s special photo segment:
    Ensemble of Atlas Rocket liftoff – 3/8/97) Wow! This was really interesting to read about. Thank-you so much for sharing this with all of us.

  3. I am in awe of what NASA, scientists and technology can do nowadays!! Totally captured the essence and beauty of what our normal eyesight can’t even see!! Thank you for sharing! Very educational too!

  4. Space…the final frontier. Thanks Jerry, for these awesome photos. I know Starfleet will look back at these and appreciate them!

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