|L-1011 'Stargazer' with Pegasus launches ICON
10/10/19 ~ 8:31pm/9:59pm
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Northrop Grumman's Lockheed L-1011 aircraft 'Stargazer' departs Cape Canaveral's Skid Strip runway at 8:31pm EDT October 11, 2019. Strapped to its belly is the Pegasus XL rocket
carrying NASA's ICON spacecraft into space. Drop and ignition of 58-foot launcher, just the second one from the Cape since 2003 but 44th overall Pegasus launch since 1990, occurred about
100 miles off the Florida coast at 9:59pm EDT. Two days later, the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar, built in 1972 and one of if not the last ones still flying, departs the Skid Strip at sunrise
following a successful launch.
Additional photos without the rocket, like the sunrise shot below and daytime takeoff photos, show the Stargazer leaving the Cape a few days later.