Clearing the Tower.   by Mark Weaver

Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew of seven astronauts launched on spectacular plumes of gold-tipped smoke today carrying Europe’s primary contribution to the International Space Station – the Columbus science laboratory.

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  • Peter Redmond
    Peter Redmondabout 7 years ago

    How close were you?

  • Closest Distance you can get is 2 or 2.2 miles. The Banana Creek viewing site is used by VIPS and family of the astronauts. I wish i could extend to you the sheer noise associated with a launch. It rumbles right thru you for a good ten seconds. Great energy as everyone there is wishing and praying for the craft to safely make orbit. It’s a great experience. I used a 70-300 mm Nikor zoom lens with no tripod.

    – Mark Weaver

  • lensman
    lensmanabout 7 years ago

    To get this quality of capture with a lens like that would take some doing. It must have felt like half a ton.
    This shots speaks ‘electrifying atmosphere’. Well done (from a fellow Nikon user) even though I have to confess to being a tad jealous.

  • Ross Robinson
    Ross Robinsonabout 7 years ago

    No tripod? Wow. This is fantastic – the light is just perfect.

  • Darren Burdell
    Darren Burdellabout 7 years ago

    Very dramatic, love the colour tones also.

  • ScottH711
    ScottH711almost 7 years ago

    Beautiful capture of this shuttle launch. I would love to see (and hear) a shuttle launch in person one day.

  • Spencer Trickett
    Spencer Trickettover 5 years ago

    even as a photo its an awesome site – great shot – thanks for sharing.

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