By a stroke of dumb luck my friend Abe and myself were on slacker hill shooting time-lapse photography of the Golden Gate Bridge. You can see the missile enter the frame from the upper right hand corner.
By Nerti U. Qatja, @VOP_Today, Video Vimeo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We noticed the object immediately and I stopped my time-lapse to record some video. What a crazy evening!
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“Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea from USS Kentucky, an Ohio Class SSBN, in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California.
The tests were part of a scheduled, ongoing system evaluation test. Launches are conducted on a frequent, recurring basis to ensure the continued reliability of the system. Each test activity provides valuable information about our systems, thus contributing to assurance in our capabilities.
The missile was not armed. Strategic Systems Programs does not routinely announce missile testing. Information regarding the test launch of Trident II (D5) missiles is classified before the launch.”