The Shuttle Atlantis clearing the launch pad
Taking Pictures of the Shuttle Launch
One May 11, 2009 The Shuttle Atlantis launched at 2:01 PM and the Inside Florida team was there. To capture photos, we rented a Canon 600 mm (millimeter) lens for the occasion.
Combined with a 1.4x extender and the magnification of a Canon 50D we had about 1000 mm.
The Shuttle Atlantis on the Launchpad May 11, 2009
There were people from all over the US and the world. We met people from North Dakota, Ohio, Georgia, Kentucky, Montana, Alabama, and of course many Floridians.
We also met a nice guy from Poland and even took his picture in from of the NASA sign for him with his camera.
The Thrill of Rocket Ships
The launch was right on time - 2:01 PM. As the shuttle Atlantis left the launch pad there was a collective gasp as everyone held their breath. For about 15 seconds the Shuttle was in the clear blue sky.
Then it went into the clouds showing only the bright flames of exhaust, which caused everyone to let out sounds of disappointment. But just seconds later the shuttle reappeared and everyone clapped and cheered.
The Shuttle Atlantis just after liftoff, May 11, 2009
The Shuttle Atlantis about 20 seconds after launch
Everyone, from all over America and the World stood together and watched and there was a lot of pride.
There are only a few shuttle launches left as the shuttle program will be replaced by the next generation space ship dubbed Orion. Make the time and travel to Kennedy Space Center for a launch and you won’t be disappointed.
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