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Old 21st of May 2010 (Fri)   #1
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Default STS:123: A very close view of a night launch from water on to clearing the pad.

STS-123 was a night launch that took of very early in the morning (2:20am). It was also unique because it disappeared into a cloud very shortly after liftoff so most observers saw a glow in the sky. From my vantage point,I was able to peer at her all the way thru her various milestones. I have collected some important ones compressed into the last few seconds of her on the pad and as she clear the structure.

I left the pictures a bit big for viewing pleasure so I recommend a high resolution (i have reduced the quality on the pics so it does not increase bandwidth and loading time).

This is a work in progress and I plan to steadily add to the site but here is a start!

http://www.atapattu.net/atapattu11.html


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Old 22nd of May 2010 (Sat)   #2
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Default Re: STS:123: A very close view of a night launch from water on to clearing the pad.

GREAT CATCH!

Thanks for sharing it!
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Old 22nd of May 2010 (Sat)   #3
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Default Re: STS:123: A very close view of a night launch from water on to clearing the pad.

Excellent set! Press site I take it?
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Old 22nd of May 2010 (Sat)   #4
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Excellent set! Press site I take it?

No. The press site does not offer such a vantage point since it is in the southwest quadrant of pad 39a and the pad structure shields "the stack" until she rises above the RSS.
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Default Re: STS:123: A very close view of a night launch from water on to clearing the pad.

Hm, I'm stumped then. Where was this?

EDIT: Has to be Causeway, I knew I was thinking too hard too late at night.
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Default Re: STS:123: A very close view of a night launch from water on to clearing the pad.

Nice one.
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Hm, I'm stumped then. Where was this?

EDIT: Has to be Causeway, I knew I was thinking too hard too late at night.
Nope. not the causeway. The causeway is a lot further away (about 6 miles from 39a if my memory serves me right). The angle is similar.
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Default Re: STS:123: A very close view of a night launch from water on to clearing the pad.

Looks just about where OTV-070 is, except a less dramatic angle. How'd you get that close, or are you barely inside the pad gate and have a nice telephoto lens?
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Nope. not the causeway. The causeway is a lot further away (about 6 miles from 39a if my memory serves me right). The angle is similar.
Argh, I give up. What was it?
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Default Re: STS:123: A very close view of a night launch from water on to clearing the pad.

Here is from where I believe Suresh, captured the Shuttle Launch.
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Here is from where I believe Suresh, captured the Shuttle Launch.



let me clarify.

Operational reasons (and safety) puts everyone outside the 3 mile limit. The only people inside is the rescue crew who get to be about 1.5 miles (approx). Since the pad gate is in the "kill zone", it is certainly a no-go area.

The causeway,press site and Banana Creek (Saturn V center) are the well known public accessable areas (i.e. that is approved public). There are other locations that are used for operational reasons such as tacking cameras etc that give great vantage points while off the beaten path. I used one such location which is a tower that in the middle of "no-where" to get those night shots. Of course, this was pre approved and is not open to the outside. It needed to be a tower so that one can end up level with the mound on top of which the orbiter sits hence I am level with the MLP.

I hope that clears it up.

Oh..it is about 3.75 to 4 miles due south of the pad. It may seem a lot but in the time space of the orbiter launch, it is not much.
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Default Re: STS:123: A very close view of a night launch from water on to clearing the pad.

Wow, thanks for sharing!
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Wow, thanks for sharing!

Anytime. I will be adding a few more galleries shortly.
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