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STS-130 Launch - Go Endeavour!!! by Per Hansen

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Orbiter: Endeavour
Mission: STS-130
Payload: Tranquility ISS Module & Cupola
Launched: Feb. 8, 2010 @ 4:14 a.m. EST
Site: Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center

Arriving Home: Feb. 20 @ approx. 10 p.m.

After a 24 hour delay due to weather, and another possible delay due to conditions at the primary abort sites in Europe, Shuttle Endeavour blasted off into the chilly pre-dawn Florida sky.

Location:
This photo was created from the Hwy 520 causeway just west of Cocoa Beach (so I’m not sure if it’s considered Cocoa Beach or Merritt Island at that point). I don’t usually shoot from this far away, but am pleased with this photo. Not too fuzzy for hand-held shooting an object roughly 20 miles away from me at this point and accelerating to 17,000 MPH.

Nerd Stuff…
Nikon D200 with Sigma 50-500mm lens attached, shooting all the way extended for a 750mm equivalent film focal length. ISO 100 (because there is SO much light from the plume), spot metering and (unfortunately) Aperture priority (should have been shooting shutter priority and 1/250 to 1/600th exposures), Exposure: 1/125 seconds at F/6.3

Tags

cloud, night, launch, endeavour, ksc, space shuttle, 39a, lc 39a

Comments

  • a~m .
    a~m .over 4 years ago

    very nice P… glad to see it finally got wings!! ♥
    i like it piercing the (pre) dawn sky -

  • Thank you a-m. It’s always wonderful when they learn to soar :-)

    – Per Hansen

  • Larry  Grayam
    Larry Grayamover 4 years ago

    Wow what a shot after the scrub I decided not to makw the trip. This looks better then my front yard view in Vero thanks.

  • Thank you! I think after getting up for this launch twice I’m glad there aren’t any more scheduled for that time of day. Did you get to see the Atlas 5 launch today?

    – Per Hansen

  • Larry  Grayam
    Larry Grayamover 4 years ago

    Oh yes we caught the Atlas but about 10 degrees up it went into the clouds.

  • djphoto
    djphotoover 4 years ago

    Very cool shot , looks awesome viewed larger:)

  • Thank you. It was fun to catch a “different” launch photo :-)

    – Per Hansen

  • Ken Thomas Photography
    Ken Thomas Pho...about 4 years ago

    Your portfolio is brilliant!!

  • Thank you very, very much Ken, you made my day. :-)

    – Per Hansen

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