Rocket man Smith takes stunning picture
An early morning for amateur photographer LeShun Smith paid off with a stunning shot of a Falcon 9 rocket as it passed over Bermuda.
Mr Smith, 29, said he was near Church Bay to capture the rocket, which travelled overhead just before 2.30am on Tuesday.
He said: “I looked up a couple of the scheduled launches in advance, and this was the one I really wanted to get.
“I figured the best spot would be on South Shore. The launch was scheduled for 2.18am, so I was there and set up for 2.10am.”
The picture also captured Mars, seen just above the rocket.
Mr Smith said he could see the rocket with his naked eye and a longer camera exposure highlighted its trail as it passed.
He added: “I have been dabbling with photography for the last year or two, but I have been mostly using my phone.
“I recently bought a new Nikon to try to improve and, so far, I have been happy with the results.”
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was launched from Kennedy Space Centre to deliver the satellite into orbit.
The satellite is designed to improve telecommunications across Asia.
Coopers Island housed a Nasa tracking station as part of its manned space flight network between 1961 and 1997.
The station tracked every manned Nasa space flight during its use.
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