STS-125 Clears the Tower

I've always wanted to see a shuttle launch in person, ever since I saw the STS-1 launch on TV in elementary school. Nina, who is also a space dork buff, and I have been trying to get to a launch for over a year now. Every time, one or the other of us ends up on travel, or they scrub the launch, or other obligations of some sort get in the way.


Finally, this afternoon, sitting on a sweltering causeway overlooking the Banana River and with the launch pad at a distance of only six miles, I got to see the space shuttle Atlantis roar off the pad with a brilliant orange flame and incredible sound. Video renderings of this don't come close to doing it justice.

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Taken on May 11, 2009