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We Have Liftoff by OpticaLLightspeed We Have Liftoff by OpticaLLightspeed
If I had been a betting man yesterday I would have lost everything including my shirt. I did not believe for one minute that the weather would clear enough to allow us to launch. But about an hour before the scheduled liftoff time the weather did indeed clear enough for NASA to proceed with the final launch in the Shuttle program.
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Houston, roll program.

Roger roll, Endeavor. :D
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:iconchris-919:
Chris-919 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really fantastic image. :)
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jncarter Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful picture. Such raw power !
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godeyes Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the final shuttle......i always wondered what it must feel like to witness such raw power ascend into the heavens.........that's gotta be nothing short of inspiring
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FuchsiaBud Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is BEAUTIFUL! :)
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:iconiajk:
iAJK Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012   General Artist
This is just incredible!!
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NoraAlgalad Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Amazing shot
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:iconartie3d:
Artie3D Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Who'd a thought we would never see this sight again!
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RichardConstantinoff Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful capture !
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much!
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:iconrdfox2:
rdfox2 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
You lucky man. I was over at Paul's Smokehouse in Titusville, and got a few shots like this: [link]
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:iconangel1985:
angel1985 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
To infinity and beyond!
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xshadow259 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
hmm, was that from the press area or Banana creek viewing area?
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
Actually I was at the Turn Basin employee viewing site.
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:iconxshadow259:
xshadow259 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
ah, that must have been an amazing site. I was on he cause way on the other side of the bridge. Twas my first (and last) launch in person
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
Were you able to see it fairly well from there?
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:iconxshadow259:
xshadow259 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
could see her very well, no RSS in the way and was visible till she broke through the cloud deck, and was even visible further through some breaks in the clouds south of the pad. Took what are pretty good photos in my view but not professional quality that are on NASAspaceflight.com's L2 section.
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RubberDuckyTai Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
YAY!! You got a better shot than I did, since I didn't take any photos (I was too busy sobbing like a baby). Beautiful, just...Beautiful. :heart:
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
Kind of hard to compose your shot through tears isn't it...LOL!
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RubberDuckyTai Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes it is!! LOL...
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Photographer
:)
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Darth-Hellgrrl Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Now, if we only had another vehicle series ready to go... :(

DH
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
We do sort of...that will be Orion's MPCV (Multi Purpose Crew Vehilce). If you have never seen it it resemmbles the old Apollo Spacecraft only on Steroids. Orion has the capability to carry a maximum crew of 6 down to a minimum crew of 4. All we need now is a heavylift vehicle to get it where we want it to go...the Moon, Astroid Belt, Mars....etc.
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hansepe Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
You did very much better than I did, I'm glad you got such a great image. I ended up watching from the other side of 528 because, like you, I didn't think they were going to go.
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
Hey Per, I was really lucky to get the one I did. I was not really paying to much attention to my camera settings and CF card space. I thought we were really going to scrub on Friday. So I was suprised and delighted that we launched until I started to fire off shots only to find I was at the end of my free space on my CF card. Grand total of 4, count em, 4 shots and most of those while Atlantis was still hidden by the FSS/RSS.
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hansepe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
As always, it only takes 1. 25% is a pretty good take if you ask me! :-)
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bp2007 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Excellent capture. Without a doubt they will be missed. :)
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
They will be missed but now it's time to turn our attention back to exploration beyond low earth orbit.
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:iconbp2007:
bp2007 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Yes. Agree. :)
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gastonnerie Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
30 years since the first one isn't it ? Emotion...

Nice shot (as usual)
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
Lots of emotion on that day...not a dry eye on the whole Space Center. And thank you!
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gastonnerie Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
You re welcome

the 1st launch - probably even more emotion ???
Very specific remembering of it: driving on a highway (in Europe) everybody was listening to the countdown live in the radio - and almost all drivers were slowing down to 30Mph or less, just caught by the tension of that moment....
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
I was standing on top of a Fuel storage tank about 8 miles south of the Pad when STS-1 launched, I watched it from there!
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liitletoboe102 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're one lucky guy to see this and make this amazing shot =)

I've wanted to see this so bad, but now since the US is turning the space activity down.. dosen't seem i'll ever get the chance
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
I work there and I support launch so I have an opportunity to share what I see with everyone here on DA. Keep the faith on future U.S. space plans.
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liitletoboe102 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice

I do ;)
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you again my friend!!
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
You are most welcome, Kind Sir, aye. :D
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naro9 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It's a beautiful shot of a historic moment.
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much.
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focallength Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Great shot.
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks very much.
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focallength Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
You're very welcome.
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Chrissyo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great moment! Wish I could have been there! Had to settle with watching it on NASA TV. Still a great show!
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
It was a great moment! Now onward to the next act........
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PicTd Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
A piece of history captured
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
You don't know how close I came to missing that opportunity.
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PicTd Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
Alls well that ends well, you got it and that is the important bit, I'm sure the adrenelin was pumping if you were that close to missing it
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
Actually I was in the middle of trying solve an event problem involving some of the Nasa launch guest viewing sites there at KSC. I had just enough time to squeeze off a couple of images before I had to get back to the mission support work at hand.
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