PART 7.

Launch Day.  13 July 2004 it was total fog at the viewing area.  We drive to an area at Vandenberg that has a bit of a grandstand and speakers are set up to hear the Mission Operations traffic.  They have posts in the ground that are used to "aim" to where the rocket is located.  In this fog, you could see almost nothing.  The launch was scrubbed for the night at the last minute.

15 July 2004.  New launch date, time would be 2:00am.  I traveled back out to the same place.  This time, there was no fog whatsoever and we could see the rocket in the distance.  The launch went off without a problem.  The next day I had to fly back and begin shifts in Mission Operations at Goddard Space Flight Center.

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Vandenberg AFB, California.  Vandenberg AFB, California.  Vandenberg AFB, California. 
Bill and Gjis   Viewing area.
Vandenberg AFB, California.  Vandenberg AFB, California.  Vandenberg AFB, California.
     
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Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California.