PART 5.

By this time, as we were preparing to launch, I would fly to LAX and then drive to Vandenberg.  The drive was about three hours and there were times when I would go out with friends in Los Angeles and then have to drive to Vandenberg at three or four in the morning.  That was a difficult drive as it is a very dark drive, but I persevered.  The Rocket was mated and rolled out for photo ops, which I attended.  The Rocket is kept in a container that covers it completely.  The whole thing is on tracks and moves very slowly.  The photos begin with the encased rocket and as the tower rolls away, the rocket appears.

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Vandenberg AFB, California.  Vandenberg AFB, California.  Vandenberg AFB, California. 
Boeing Space Launch Complex.  This is the Rocket in its container. A close up of the tower that encases the rocket. This is at the gate, into the facility.  We had to wait for a while before we could go in, so we just hung around outside.  Dave Amason, the GSFC integration manager is pictured.
Vandenberg AFB, California.  Boeing Space Launch Complex #2. Vandenberg AFB, California.  Boeing Space Launch Complex #2. Vandenberg AFB, California.  Boeing Space Launch Complex #2.
Close up of the launch vehicle and the moving container. Farther away. It took a while for the tower to move, I believe it was at least thirty minutes.
Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California.
We are still looking through the fence. Bill Hansell, outside of the facility.  We took to photographing ourselves by the signs. We are starting to see separation.  They would not let us in while it was in motion.
Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California.
The payload of our rocket. The boosters. Better view of the whole rocket.
Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California.
The payload. Harry Forster (NIVR) and Gjis Doeglas, of the Dutch Space Agency (NIVR). Harry Forster (NIVR) and Gjis Douglass.  They worked for the Dutch Government.
Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California.
Bill Hansell with the rocket in the background. Bill Hansell and Gjis Douglass. Gjis Douglass.
Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California.
The boosters. The Rocket. Gjis Douglass out in the parking lot. 
Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California.
The Rocket. These are the Dutch who came out for the launch.  The woman third from left is Pieternel Levelt (KNMI), the Science Lead for the OMI Instrument. The Decals on the rocket.
Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California.
More decals. Pieternel Levelt (KNMI) and one of the other scientists on the team. The boosters.
Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California.
The Boosters. Boosters. Team of Dutch Scientists.