Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Launch of Shuttle Endeavour

Woo Hoo!  Despite a very overcast cloudy day, Space Shuttle Endeavour was cleared for liftoff.  I was lucky enough to be on the roof of the Vehicle Assembly Building for this launch.  Up until a few minutes before launch I was really thinking that the cloud cover was going to delay the liftoff.  But luckily I was wrong!
It was a little hazy from my vantage point.  We were all fighting the fact that this was an early morning launch and the sun was in a difficult spot for photos.  But I still got some great photos and video.  It was thrilling to be up there again.
The next day the press was allowed to photograph the crew of the next launch... I mean the FINAL launch!
That's the crew of Space Shuttle Atlantis, STS-135.  You can see the Atlantis behind them, getting ready to enter the VAB for the very last time.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Endeavour Unveiled

All of us on the Last Shuttle Project are set are ready to go for the launch tomorrow morning. We spent most of the day setting up our remote cameras in the field around the launch pad. The Rotating Service Structure that usually covers the shuttle opened up around noon. I saw a few comments on twitter that the tweetup was somehow getting a better view than the press does.  I'm not sure if that's true... this view is pretty good too :)
And I have been trying to take a photograph of this Endeavour flag every time we go out to the launch pad.  It's located above the guard station. Every chance I've had a chance to get it... it's blowing the wrong way!  The 'Endeavour' on the flag was always backwards. Luckily, favorable winds were blowing this time. I stood on the rear of the van for the perfect composition.
Time for bed!  I'll be up by 3am to get ready for the 9am launch.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Morels!

A mighty band of brave morel mushroom hunters searched the countryside and came back with a good pile of the yummy treats!  Everyone in our hunting party found some.  And I'm happy to say that Catherine, on her first morel hunt ever, found the biggest one. 
If you have never had the pleasure of eating morel mushrooms then you are really missing out.  They have a distinct meaty flavor, very different from a regular mushroom.  I like to saute them up in butter and wine, with some salt splashed on top.  They go great with steak.  But I fixed some pork chops for this batch.  I saved enough for one more meal... and I'm already looking forward to it. 

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Video Recap

The Shuttle Endeavour launch is still on hold for now.  A number of us stayed in Florida as long as we could, hoping for good news.  But it soon became apparent that the delay was going to drag on, and we needed to get out of town. 

I thought I'd share a couple of Last Shuttle Project videos that we made over the last few days of this trip.  On this first one you can definitely tell that I thought we were still going to launch in a few days. 

Soon after pulling all the remote cameras out of the field we headed to the Cocoa Beach Pier and tried to drown our sorrows.  This is just a few blocks from where I grew up. 

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