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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.

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


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


  • 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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