Space Shuttle Launch Memories

Space Shuttle on Launch Pad

Shuttle Launch Pad Close-Up

Daytime Shuttle Launch Viewed from Backyard

Space Shuttle Blastoff in Evening

Space Shuttle Blastoff in Evening

Space Shuttle Blastoff at Night

Night Launch Timed Exposure

Favorite Launch Trail at Sunset/Moon Rise

Favorite Launch Trail at Sunset/Moon Rise

Space Shuttle Landing

Space Shuttle Landing

Jettisoned Rocket Booster Being Towed into Port

Jettisoned Rocket Booster Being Towed into Port

Close-up of Rocket Booster

Close-up of Rocket Booster

The space shuttles are retired, but memories of shuttle launches here on the Space Coast of Florida will live on.  NASA’s night launches are the best!  First you listen to the countdown, and then watch for the glow on the horizon.  The glow is so bright, it’s like the sun rising!  Next you see the rocket rising into the air.  After a minute, you see the booster rockets fall off, glowing as they fall down to the ocean.  Finally, you hear the blastoff roar, even at a distance of 60 miles away.  Left in the sky is the contrail from liftoff (it is water vapor, not smoke).  What a spectacular sight!  Although the space shuttles are gone, there are still rocket launches to enjoy.  And a super-size rocket is in the works that will be even bigger than the shuttle!  Current space launch news is at:  http://spaceflightnow.com/  or  Florida Launch Schedule

UPDATE 2016:  Kennedy Space Center has a new memorial exhibit  dedicated to the space shuttle astronauts who lost their lives in the line of duty.  It is a very touching and heartfelt display.  After passing a wall of memorabilia shadow boxes for each astronaut, you turn a corner and see an exhibit that stops you in your tracks.  You could hear a pin drop in there.  Before you in the darkened space are the cockpit windows of the Space Shuttle Columbia, which disintegrated during reentry on February 1, 2003, and the left panel showing the American flag of  Space Shuttle Challenger, which exploded on takeoff on January 28, 1986.  These events will never be forgotten.  President Ronald Reagan said, “The future doesn’t below to the fainthearted, it belongs to the brave.”  Now we are on the threshold of launching a new generation of astronauts.

Display of Space Shuttle Columbia's Cockpit Windows

Display of Space Shuttle Columbia’s Cockpit Windows

Display of Space Shuttle Challenger's Left Panel Showing the American Flag

Display of Space Shuttle Challenger’s Left Panel Showing the American Flag

President Ronald Reagen's Quote on Bravery

President Ronald Reagen’s Quote on Bravery

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

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