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Uploaded: 09/22/07 8:51 PM GMT
Vega Test Fire.
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The European Space Agency’s next generation ‘budget’ launcher, Vega, undergoes its first static firing test at the Guiana Space Centre, Europe’s Spaceport, in Kourou, French Guiana. The original ESA image can be found here and has been given the usual enhancements and reformatting for Caedes.

Credit: European Space Agency.


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09/22/07 9:09 PM GMT
Wow, such great clarity. I saw this in the booth and just had to stop by and tell you what a 10/10 it is.
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09/22/07 9:11 PM GMT
Awesome photo and great clarity,thanks.
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09/22/07 9:43 PM GMT
Boy you did wonders for it. Might have you work on my avi Phil. LOL
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09/22/07 10:05 PM GMT
I didn't know Vega's burned like that - over here it was Ford Pinto's.

Great post Phil. Thanks.
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Sic transit gloria mundi
09/23/07 6:20 AM GMT
Can you make me over and make me look as good as this photo Phil??? lol
The work you did is incredible. The billowing smoke against the sky and the clouds give this image such a dramatic feel. The fire appears so small compared to the giant flume of smoke. You did good again Phil Off to my favorites this goes smoking;;;;;;thanks for all the work you did and for sharing this with me ;=)
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09/23/07 9:21 AM GMT
Good job, Phil. Do you know when Vega will be trully launched?
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09/23/07 11:35 PM GMT
Ya, wow.A terrific photo.
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09/24/07 12:05 AM GMT
now thats fantastic! Hope I get it in VB. I cant get over how high that pillar of smoke goes up.
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Very very new to this, and only have a bog standard fuji 2mb digi camera.
09/24/07 8:35 AM GMT
Pierre the first flight of Vega has been put back until mid 2008 from its initial planned launch at the end of this year. This isnt entirely surprising as ESA are very busy at the Kourou site including preparing the new launch facility for the Russian Soyuz rockets and getting the new automated service vehicle ready for launch on a modified A5 ECA rocket that will take over supply and maintenance duties for the International Space Station when the Shuttle retires in two years time.
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09/24/07 5:20 PM GMT
Thanks Phil :-)
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09/28/07 11:08 PM GMT
WHOA! Thanks for sharing this one. I do like your enhancements much better than the original. Mighty fine work.
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09/29/07 4:44 PM GMT
WOW !!!!!, Phil, this is a real exceptional
Cloud producer !
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09/29/07 5:03 PM GMT
Hey! Shameless self promotion alert! ;-)
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12/30/07 8:22 PM GMT
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03/23/08 9:34 PM GMT
Nice pic! Great clarity!
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07/01/08 1:46 AM GMT
Somewhere in between lies a really great rendition.
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09/02/08 6:30 AM GMT
Wow, I had a look at the original and now I gotta give credit. The touch-ups and changes are superb, just top-notch!
The original photo is so nonchalant, you made it live.
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11/07/08 3:15 PM GMT
wow thats amazing!
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