We Have Liftoff... by Blaze66

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Date: August 28,2009
Location: Taken right next to the VAB building on Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida
Camera: Canon Rebel Xsi EOS 450D
Lens: Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS
Settings: Manual 1/4000, f/5.6, ISO 400, Drive mode: Continuous

I have lived near Kennedy Space Center my entire life and have witnessed all but 5 launches over the span of the shuttle program. I have seen the first and I will see the last I have no doubt. My husband works directly on the Space Shuttle as a Quality Inspector. Tonite I was able to get a VIP pass to witness the night launch of STS128 Discovery from KSC. It was a once an a lifetime opportunity for me to see what may be the last night launch, as for those who don’t know the program will be shutting down in 2010. This makes me very sad. But I at least have a little piece of history to carry on with. Enjoy!

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discovery, nasa, shuttle, liftoff, sts128


  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 5 years ago

    Wowee does the ground shake even from a distance ? amazing shot and light

  • Thank you! And yes my house is about 25 miles away from the pad and it shakes enough to knock pictures of the wall and rattle windows! But us locals are used to it!

    – Blaze66

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 5 years ago

    Awesome capture !! Looks great : ))

  • Thank you so much! It was a beautiful piece of history!

    – Blaze66

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago
    Fantastic capture
  • Thank you so much! I love night launches!

    – Blaze66

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

  • Wow! Thank you so much! I am honored! I am glad other enjoy my shots! Photography is so much fun!

    – Blaze66

  • Spencer Trickett
    Spencer Trickettover 5 years ago

    Terrific shot! This is something i would love to see – congrats on your feature!

  • Thank you so much! It is truly awesome in person!

    – Blaze66

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 5 years ago

    wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.. nice moment captured so well.. gives me goosebumps.. how amazing to have this opportunity to see..

  • It is amazing! I sometimes take it for granted having lived here all my life and seeing so many, but it really is a cool opportunity that not everyone gets! Thanks!

    – Blaze66

  • Larry  Grayam
    Larry Grayamover 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your creativity!!!

  • Blaze66
    Blaze66over 5 years ago

    Thank you so so much! I really appreciate it! I am so excited to be featured!

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowover 5 years ago

    Your image is fantastic…. I live in Maine but have a cousin at KSC (engineer) and I have seen many launches over the years. Sad that there is an ending in the near future but I was in the surf on the cape when they “Piggy-backed” the first shuttle back from the west coast. A thrill… I cried… I flew low right over us!!!
    Another lift off the end of Oct…. I’m trying to get down!!!! That really is a super shot!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • Thank you so much! Yes it is a sight to behold. My husband works on the shuttles so we will be looking for a new job soon! It is sad to see such important history be shelved.

    – Blaze66

  • Margaret  Shark
    Margaret Sharkover 5 years ago

    Oh, wow! I have seen this dot in the air from my house, but never up close. Wow!

  • Thank you! It is beautiful! Sad that its ending!

    – Blaze66

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