“Oh I Have Slipped
The Surly Bonds of Earth…
Put Out My Hand
And Touched the Face of God ”

NASA shuttle Discovery races skyward from it’s Cape Canaveral Florida USA launch pad 39B on its final mission into space. The scheduled 11 day flight of mission STS133 was extended an additional 2 days.

Nikon D2H 300mm lens 1/320sec f8.5 ISO200

“STS 133” was featured in Forgotten Florida 3/17/11
“STS 133” was featured in United States 3/07/11

NASA Shuttle Discovery landing at Kennedy Space Center in Titusville Florida USA just before noon on 3/8/11. This landing marks the end of mission STS133 and Discovery’s flight career as the program is being discontinued.

Nikon D2H 300mm lens 1/500sec F6.0 ISO200

“Returning home” was featured in MAJOR EVENT 3/15/11
“Returning home” was featured in JPG Cast-Offs 03/12/11
“Returning home” was featured in “Real” Life Photography 3/10/11


  • Danica Radman
    Danica Radmanover 3 years ago


  • Thanks Danica I wish we had sound here as the experience of shooting a shuttle launch is multiplied when the ground shakes and you hear the roar as it lifts off.

    – Larry Grayam

  • Rebecca Morrison
    Rebecca Morrisonover 3 years ago

    Very glad you captured this historical picture!

  • Only 2 left, Titusville is the place to be but the crowds will be HUGE, thanks Rebecca.

    – Larry Grayam

  • Rene Fuller
    Rene Fullerover 3 years ago

    Like Danica said; Raw Power!, loads of it:) Great picture!

  • A great experience all but the crowds. Thanks Rene

    – Larry Grayam

  • StellaStarlight
    StellaStarlightover 3 years ago


  • Thanks Stella

    – Larry Grayam

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 3 years ago

    Breathtaking image! – John

  • A very powerful moment in time thanks John

    – Larry Grayam

  • Bob Hardy
    Bob Hardyover 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture Larry!!!!!
    Bob <><

  • Thanks Bob we for once had a cloudless sky that set the shuttle apart from the background.

    – Larry Grayam

  • Rebecca Morrison
    Rebecca Morrisonover 3 years ago

  • Thanks again Rebecca I just love collecting this banner, BTW where was the photo for the banner shot? It looks interesting.

    – Larry Grayam

  • Rebecca Morrison
    Rebecca Morrisonover 3 years ago

    That image is about one mile from where SR 50 comes to it’s end in Hernando County.It’s a side road called Bayou Drive.

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