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Dec 01, 2014 21:48 |  #1

The last launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery, February 2013.

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Dec 01, 2014 21:52 |  #2

Fantastic, Tim. Would have loved to have seen even one shuttle launch....

But now the Discovery lives just outside of DC:

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Dec 01, 2014 21:56 as a reply to  @ Harm's post |  #3

Thanks Harm. I hope to get over to Washington DC next year to visit friends and see Discovery up close.



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Dec 01, 2014 21:58 |  #4

thats an awesome picture of the launch. How far away would you say you were from the site?


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Dec 01, 2014 22:07 |  #5

EchoShotz wrote in post #17302982 (external link)
thats an awesome picture of the launch. How far away would you say you were from the site?

Three miles from the launch pad. We were next to the building with the Saturn rocket is display.



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Dec 02, 2014 01:00 |  #6

Great picture.




  
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Dec 02, 2014 01:05 |  #7

JHenke wrote in post #17303534 (external link)
Great picture.

Thanks!



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Dec 02, 2014 13:10 |  #8

Awesome shot! I wish I had witnessed a launch like that (or even better: I wish I had been inside that shuttle ! :p). It must have been pretty special to be there, especially for the last one. What about the sound? Is it really loud or is it okay?


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Dec 02, 2014 13:47 as a reply to  @ virginie24jb's post |  #9

The sound is extremely loud. It's like a physical hit when it washes over you. It was quite an experience. My wife is not into this kind of thing, but even she was going OMG once the boosters lit and the STS began to rise from the pad.

The first time we were there, the launch was delayed several times over the course of a week, and then finally scrubbed. We had to travel back to Florida a 2nd time several months later to see the launch, but it was worth it.

I felt really bad for a fellow from Austria who came for the first launch time and wasn't able to make it back later. I sent him a video of the launch, but it's obviously not the same. Of course, once it begins it is over very quickly. This shot was taken 3 minutes later.

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Dec 02, 2014 23:00 |  #10

Beautiful!!!!




  
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Dec 03, 2014 23:01 |  #11

That is awesome. That is one thing I regret not doing, going to see a launch. One of those things you just take for granted and before you know it, its gone. I was fortunate enough to be stationed at Ft. Bliss when Endeavor passed through on her way to California though. That I'll never forget...


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Dec 04, 2014 00:19 |  #12

arctic98z wrote in post #17310297 (external link)
That is awesome. That is one thing I regret not doing, going to see a launch. One of those things you just take for granted and before you know it, its gone. I was fortunate enough to be stationed at Ft. Bliss when Endeavor passed through on her way to California though. That I'll never forget...


Well...you could start tomorrow morning (Thursday 4 December 2014) at 7:05am EST and watch the first launch of the new Orion capsule. It'll be landing a little less than 3 hours later off the California coast.



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Dec 04, 2014 03:29 |  #13

Great images! Thanks for sharing.


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Dec 08, 2014 18:26 |  #14

Wonder memory Thanks for sharing




  
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Dec 08, 2014 18:49 |  #15

Timphoto wrote in post #17302954 (external link)
The last launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery, February 2013.


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