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.