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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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  1. O'Quinn Photo 72 months ago | reply

    Cool shot & event

  2. Jequiles 72 months ago | reply

    Spectacular, but maibe too symetrical. Congratulations.

  3. @lbyper 72 months ago | reply

    Magnifica ripresa,complimenti!!!!

  4. soutietye 72 months ago | reply

    Fantastic capture!

  5. Mouser NerdBot 72 months ago | reply

    Thanks everyone! I was really lucky to be there. :)

    Yeah the exhaust/steam plume did end up being a bit... square and symmetrical from this angle... but I'll settle for it. :)

  6. Carlos G Photography 72 months ago | reply

    I have always wanted to experience a launch as well......one of those things that you never forget.....

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  7. Alfredo Davies 72 months ago | reply

    Magnífica fotografía

  8. Laserone ☆ Lauren 72 months ago | reply

    That is awesome! I, too, went to a shuttle launch once and watched it from a bridge like you did. It was the first launch after the Challenger explosion, so you couldn't get close to the pad. You are right, video doesnt compare. The SOUND was amazing and more that that, you could FEEL it. It made me get all teary-eyed and I was surprised. Many people around me did, too. It's an amazing experience. Glad you got to experience it! :)

  9. zver 72 months ago | reply

    real action, i like it

  10. winston.1 71 months ago | reply

    WOW!!!....I almost ashamed of posting now....Super take.

  11. BKHagar *Kim* 71 months ago | reply

    WOW! AWESOME capture! I share your excitement and passion for this!! Great shot!! I grew up watching the Saturn Vs take off; never seen a Shuttle launch and it doesn't look like I'm going to manage that, since they are shutting her down . . . Awesome capture! Congrats on getting there!!

    You get another gold star

  12. ButterShug2 71 months ago | reply

    Nice way better-than-postcard shot to remember by!

    You get another gold star

  13. Unique-Muslimah 71 months ago | reply

    great capture =)

  14. Ole Houen 71 months ago | reply

    awesome shot

  15. The_Photo_Boy 71 months ago | reply

    nice one, great shot!

  16. artland 71 months ago | reply

    wonderfullllllllllllllll !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Ŋιcκ 71 months ago | reply

    fantastic shot! i think that it was really an amazing show!

  18. idashum 71 months ago | reply

    So cool you got to witness this!!! Thanks for capturing an amazing shot!

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