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March 15, 2009

Space Shuttle Discovery Lifts Off

Filed under: Uncategorized — Porcupyn @ 8:02 pm


The Discovery (STS-119) lifts off

The Discovery (STS-119) lifts off

Solid rocket booster separation

Solid rocket booster separation

The separated components - the Shuttle and its solid rocket boosters

The separated components - the Shuttle and its solid rocket boosters

The Stunning Contrail

The Stunning Contrail


  1. It is good.
    Is this for real? I can’t imagine seeing a shuttle lift-off from my backyard.

    Comment by Nawal — August 28, 2009 @ 11:29 pm | Reply

  2. Nawal:

    It sure is for real! But I did realize last night that my camera is not well equipped for midnight launches :-(.

    The space shuttle launches from Cape Canaveral, near Merritt Island (east central Florida). It is visible as far north as St Augustine (I’ve seen it once from there), and one would assume that it is visible as far south as Jupiter (a city in Florida, not the planet!) – of course, the farther you go, the less you can see and even we don’t hear any sound where we live (except the sonic booms when it lands, and that too only if we are on the flight path). Here is a map – magnify it one more step to see the places I mentioned.

    For a great video and spectacular photos, check this out.

    Comment by porcupyn — August 30, 2009 @ 12:21 am | Reply

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