Science Questions

Glows after a shuttle launch?

Sun, 18th Mar 2007

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Kevin asked:

I watched a shuttle launch in Florida and a couple of hours later I saw a really bright glow high up in the sky way up above the cloud tops. I was wondering what it was?


The shuttle is just burning hydrogen and oxygen which produces water and then a cloud similar to the way an aeroplane does. If the light caught it correctly as time went by, or it might not have even condensed properly for a while and then the light caught it, hence the glow a while later.


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