This is just a brief follow-up to my diaries yesterday and the day before about the SpaceX Falcon 9 v. 1.1 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in case you haven't been following it. I came across a truly amazing video of the launch, and that's saying a lot given how many launch videos I've seen. You'll want to go full screen HD on this one - the most interesting parts come later, so watch the whole thing:
The pencil-thin rocket rising above the horizon is surreal, and the image in the tracking shot is so clear you can see the individual puffs of gas during staging events. Just wanted to share that. Brightened the hell out of my day.