Launch of a Delta IV Heavy
This absolutely brilliant image was found via the Astronomy Picture of the Day website.
Delta IV is an active expendable launch system in the Delta rocket family. Delta IV uses rockets designed by Boeing’s Integrated Defense Systems division and built in the United Launch Alliance (ULA) facility in Decatur, Alabama. Final assembly is completed at the launch site by ULA. The rockets were designed to launch payloads into orbit for the United States Air Force Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program and commercial satellite business. Delta IV rockets are available in five versions: Medium, Medium+ (4,2), Medium+ (5,2), Medium+ (5,4), and Heavy, which are tailored to suit specific payload size and weight ranges. Delta IV was primarily designed to satisfy the needs of the U.S. military. – source wikipedia
The image was taken from Ben Coopers launchphotography.com website, where he specialises in this type of photography.
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