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Shuttle launch puts on a show, in more ways than one

Shuttle launch puts on a show, in more ways than one

Shuttle launches in the dark are always quite the spectacle as the rockets light up the night sky, but after Monday morning's launch of the shuttle Discovery, there was a second show in the heavens.

Take a look at these photos snapped in the minutes after the launch. It's part of the exhaust trail as the shuttle roared skyward. But what I'm guessing are ice crystals as part of the exhaust refracted some of the rising sun's light and created a similar canvas as clouds would for a sunrise.