The flaming exhaust of a Titan 4B rocket reflects on the waves as it lofts a Milstar communications satellite into orbit for the US military from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at approximately 7:30 p.m. on 15 January 2002. Insets show, from left, the moment of ignition off on the horizon sends up a cloud of smoke, the Titan rocket blazing like a comet across the sky, and the separation of the solid rocket boosters. And for you acronym junkies, Milstar stands for Military Strategic and Tactical Relay satellite.

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