Fog and flames: Up-close photos from the Mars InSight mission’s launch pad


VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — As thick fog enveloped Space Launch Complex 3 early this morning, the Mars InSight lander roared off the launch pad aboard an Atlas 5 rocket, starting its journey to the Red Planet.

My three remote cameras were 300 to 400 feet away from the launch pad, and you can see just how foggy things were. Still, the exhaust plume of the rocket is captivatingly beautiful.

And here are the camera locations during setup on Friday:

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