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Picture-perfect launch

Here's an oldie but goodie: This picture from three years ago shows skydiving Staff Sgt. Eric Thompson high in the sky while a Delta 2 rocket lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, carrying the COSMO-SkyMed satellite into Earth orbit. Thompson, an instructor with Vandenberg's 532nd Training Squadron, planned the jump so that he could get a bird's-eye view of liftoff. The picture has been generating a fresh wave of Internet buzz because some people thought it was taken during a space shuttle launch, but CollectSpace's Robert Pearlman tracked down the truth ... and pointed to a 2007 report from Space.com's Leonard David that put the picture in its proper context.

Tip o' the Log to Clark Lindsey at Space for All.