FL MORRIS / FMORRIS@STARBULLETIN.COM
The 450-foot-long Sea Launch Odyssey, a seagoing platform used to launch commercial satellites, raised eyebrows yesterday when it docked briefly in Honolulu Harbor. The vessel, which dwarfed 184-foot Aloha Tower, was in Honolulu to refuel before leaving late yesterday afternoon, a state Transportation Department spokesman said. The platform is returning to its home port of Long Beach, Calif., after strong sea currents thwarted a launch last month near the equator, 1,400 miles south of the Big Island. It was the first attempt to put a commercial satellite into orbit since a rocket explosion damaged the vessel Jan. 30.