Saturday, February 26, 2011

Launch of Discovery!

Before I even made it into the press room on launch day I had a few people come up to me and say "You guys got stuck in the rocks!"  So I'm glad to know that people are reading the blog :)

The weather was perfect for launch day.  It couldn't have been more beautiful.  I am happy to say that I was one of only 12 photographers who were allowed to photograph from on top of the Vertical Assembly Building.  Despite a few hectic moments it was quite a thrill.  I wish I would have gotten to slow down and enjoy it a little, but I was pretty focused on the four cameras I carried up there with me.  Two were shooting stereo video, one was shooting a wider angle video, and I was shooting still frame photos with the fourth one.  Here is one of my images from where I was stationed.
The remote cameras we had placed around the launch pad worked great and gave us some incredible dramatic footage.
A number of people were wondering about Jook's camera near the launch pad, and wanted to know if it survived.  Yes, it did, and it captured some really interesting shots.  I don't think I've ever seen a photo of a shuttle launch quite like this one-
There are so many more!  But I am exhausted after this crazy week and I need to get some sleep soon. I fly back home tomorrow, but a number of people on the Last Shuttle Team are sticking around because the Shuttle Endeavour will be moved to the VAB on Monday so that NASA can start preparing for the next launch!  Soooo... here we go again :)

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