|Why would the shadow of a
launch plume point toward the Moon?
In early 2001 during a launch of
and rocket were all properly aligned for
First, for the
space shuttle's plume to cast a long shadow,
the time of day must be either near
Only then will the
be its longest and extend all the way to the
Finally, during a
Full Moon, the
Moon are on
opposite sides of the sky.
sunset, for example, the Sun is slightly below the
in the other direction, the Moon is slightly above the horizon.
Atlantis blasted off, just after
its shadow projected away from the Sun
toward the opposite horizon, where the
Full Moon just happened to be.