an airborne photograph, but special nevertheless...
Space Shuttle [Shuttle]
Discovery on mission STS-120 [STS120]
launches for the International Space Station ISS [ISS]
from NASA's [NASA]
pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center [KSC],
Florida, USA. Visible in the collage are pre-dawn search lights on the
Shuttle from Titusville (19.6km), pre-launch view (10.7km), climb out
through a hole in the clouds, and Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) separation.
Notice the change in rocket plume properties mid photo, that I shall
investigate. Insignificant low level clouds blocked much of the launch from my
vantage point on the causeway, looking north. Canon XTi, 18-200mm.
23 Oct 2007 1538z. [800x600]
over 26 years of personal attempts to watch a shuttle launch, this is the first
one that I ever saw! I recommend trying to watch one
even though there are currently only eleven more ever scheduled [Next
You can often see the Shuttle or ISS overhead your home [Heavens-Above
predictions]. Is it possible that the UK might be warming up
politically to a
future space program [BBC
There is a British group now who discuss our involvement [RAeS
2007 Brian Whittaker (.com)