Friday, June 08, 2007

Atlantis lifts off

STS 117 lifted off from Kennedy this evening, some time after 7:30pm. She was carrying seven astronauts and the second set of solar panels for the IIS. Once those panels are added, the IIS'll have more power capacity and it won't look lop-sided like it does now.

After all these years I still find lift-off exhilarating. And there's just something so cool to be able to step outside my front door and look down the street to the horizon and watch spaceships take off. It's like being a character in a Bradbury story.

Everything was shot with my Olympus E300, 40-150mm (at 150mm), and hand-held, manual focus and shutter-speed at 1/200. The last shot was made with exposure -2/3 stop down to better pick out the contrail against the evening sky.


  1. Wow: Cool Pics!! I envy you also.. I don't think we have anything like that here in CA... sigh.


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