Wall of orange over The Rockies.
First space “selfie.” Buzz Aldrin, Gemini XII, 1966.
Forty-five years ago today, astronauts Aldrin, Michael Collins and Neil Armstrong launched atop a Saturn V rocket on their historic, successful Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon.
Armstrong and Aldrin also walked on it.
Sprites - Gravity Wave Clouds:
“‘Every day this week, I have been able to photograph red sprites shooting up from the tops of thunderstorms 400 miles away in Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas,’” reports Jan Curtis of Santa Fe, NM. On June 27th he saw something more: “At around 10:30PM MDT, gravity wave clouds developed and intensified through midnight.”
This photo shows a red sprite cutting through the green ripples.
Jan Curtis / spaceweather.com