I’ve just returned from watching the final launch of space shuttle Atlantis in Florida. Because of the uncertain nature of launch dates and their tendency to get delayed, I didn’t schedule any portrait sessions for the month of July. Now that Atlantis has launched, I am back a bit earlier than expected, and July dates are open again. Email me or call if you’d like to book a session! And since no post is complete without a picture (or 2 or 3….), here are a couple from last week’s launch.
This was my 3rd time seeing a shuttle launch, and my second for Atlantis. I admit I was both excited, but also very, very sad to see the shuttle program end. What a wonderful and dramatic way to see her off………..emotional already with being the last launch (yes, I cried on lift-off…..), and then the up-to-the-last-minute go/no-go weather uncertainty, the heart-stopping announcement at T-31 seconds that “We have had a failure” and the energy of about a million other spectators! I met people from South Africa, Australia, and England who had come to the launch. There is nothing like seeing a launch in person, with the ground rumbling roar of the engines. Farewell Atlantis. Safe landing on July 21st, and we’ll see you on display at Kennedy Space Center in a couple of years.
These were taken at about 20 seconds and 45 seconds after launch, respectively.
These were taken from Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral.
And just for good measure, a couple of point and shoot pics of the pre-dawn launch of Discovery last year.
T plus 20 seconds or so.
About 2.5 minutes after launch, after the jettison of the solid rocket boosters. Discovery was traveling over 3000 mph at this point.