Michael A. Stecker


Minuteman II missile trail seen soon after launch from Vandenberg AFB on Saturday October 2, 1999.
The Minuteman ICBM was launched at 19:01 PDT so its vapor trail was backlit by the setting sun.
This condition resulted in the light being dispersed into a spectrum. 
Photographed after sunset from Malibu, California.
Photographic Data
I used a Canon Elan II 35 mm camera with 35-135 Canon zoom lens and Kodak Royal Gold 400 film.


Minuteman vapor trail downrange a few minutes later


telephoto view of rocket's trail