Friday, February 25, 2011

Shuttle launch





To watch Discovery take off was an absolute privilege!! The crowds were huge and we weren't at an official site - just a bridge 8 miles away. The roar of the engines igniting, the huge clouds of smoke and then the flames as the shuttle rose into the air were awe inspiring. The sun glinted off Discovery's tail fin as it soared higher and higher. We saw the moment the booster rockets broke away and then Discovery was a small bright dot. My pictures aren't very good because in my excitement I had the setting for video on and its only a cheap little camera anyway but the memory will always be with me.

6 comments:

kawai said...

Looks like something went up in the sky, I'll have a look at the official photos when the two of you are back! WK updated his blog

Marie Dees said...

Looks great! It was too cloudy between my house and the shuttle to see it.

Arlene said...

Very cool. I'm so glad you got to be there, and for the wrong setting on a camera the plumes of smoke still look fantastic.

Barbara Elsborg said...

I was just so excited, I didn't check but I watched it through binoculars and it was totally awesome. Hard to believe how fast it went up and that people were in there, zooming to the stars.

Fred said...

Can't tell you how jealous I am. It is one of my dreams to see a launch before I die. Of course, the space program might be over with before I get a chance. Oh well.

Barbara Elsborg said...

Don't die yet, Fred! YOu'll have to be quick to watch the shuttle though. Only a couple more missions and that was the last for Discovery.