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Just like for the STS-134 mission:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=25083.0

Setting up a thread specific to personal photos surrounding STS-135.

Feel free to attach selected photos you've taken (providing they aren't massive file sizes), embed (again, only selective, no more than TWO per post and not "wider" than the page size) or link up to your personal album.



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Yesterday I was able to take the Discover KSC: Today and Tomorrow tour. I've done a number of different tours there in the past, and I'd have to say this one was just OK, except for one thing. This was my first time at the photo stop location between the pads. That alone was worth the price of the ticket.

larger version of the image here: http://gallery.mac.com/erichlinder/100359/STS-135_on_pad-20001/large.jpg

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Yesterday I was able to take the Discover KSC: Today and Tomorrow tour. I've done a number of different tours there in the past, and I'd have to say this one was just OK, except for one thing. This was my first time at the photo stop location between the pads. That alone was worth the price of the ticket.

larger version of the image here: http://gallery.mac.com/erichlinder/100359/STS-135_on_pad-20001/large.jpg

Nice photo!  I haven't taken that particular tour, but did take the other one [think its something like Inside Nasa, or similar]. Got great photos of Discovery on the pad [well, her boosters and tank as the RSS was covering her up].  Unforgettable and loads of fun! 

Edit:  put the end quote where it belongs!
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Full album link: http://www.mikedeep.com/Space-Shuttle/STS-135/
I'll be tossing everything in there as events come and go.

Rollout:

On the pad June 1:
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my two.

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Show-Offs!  ;D

I'll be at NASA the 7th, 8th, and part of the 9th. Any recommended tours? I know they aren't going out on the 8th. So that leaves the 7th and 9th. As for the 7th, which tour might get me to see the pad?

Thanks.

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Show-Offs!  ;D

I'll be at NASA the 7th, 8th, and part of the 9th. Any recommended tours? I know they aren't going out on the 8th. So that leaves the 7th and 9th. As for the 7th, which tour might get me to see the pad?

Thanks.

Dot take this as official but with launch relatively early on the 8th there may not be many tours going out on the 7th that could see the pad.  The 7th is also going to be crazy busy.

You might ask in the viewing thread when tours might stop the day before based on the launch time.  I don't remember the schedule for how long before launch they stop because of other launch activities.

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Here's a timelapse I made of the rollover, which I apparently titled wrong on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/v/iRdOr0M7ebE?version=3

And my favorite shot:


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Will they still be doing stops there on Thursday. I would have thought not but can anyone confirm?

Yesterday I was able to take the Discover KSC: Today and Tomorrow tour. I've done a number of different tours there in the past, and I'd have to say this one was just OK, except for one thing. This was my first time at the photo stop location between the pads. That alone was worth the price of the ticket.

larger version of the image here: http://gallery.mac.com/erichlinder/100359/STS-135_on_pad-20001/large.jpg

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What's the rule on total attachments per page? Would like to post imagery from the June 17 media event, I can edit my existing post if need be.
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What's the rule on total attachments per page? Would like to post imagery from the June 17 media event, I can edit my existing post if need be.

Two per post, but that doesn't mean 50 posts of 100 photos, just pick out good ones ;)

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I'm not sure, but if you go here http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/discover-nasa.aspx you can call to ask and try to buy a ticket online. They'll probably sell out, so do it soon.

Erich

Will they still be doing stops there on Thursday. I would have thought not but can anyone confirm?

Yesterday I was able to take the Discover KSC: Today and Tomorrow tour. I've done a number of different tours there in the past, and I'd have to say this one was just OK, except for one thing. This was my first time at the photo stop location between the pads. That alone was worth the price of the ticket.

larger version of the image here: http://gallery.mac.com/erichlinder/100359/STS-135_on_pad-20001/large.jpg

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Here´s a couple of pictures from today´s visit to the press site. Unfortunately didn´t get to attend the RSS rollback, but at least got signed up for the walkout tomorrow.


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The clouds broke enough for me to see the launch for about one minute from Rockledge, on the Indian River about 20 miles southwest of the pad.

Large numbers of people were out on the riverbank and on the docks.


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Here's the links to my images, already posted them elsewhere:


Crowds on Max Brewer Bridge Before Launch
NASA Heli (With Charles Boldin- I'm guessing?)
Liftoff 1
Liftoff 2
Liftoff 3 (Best shot?)
Crowds after launch

mdeep, I love you shots!!! Yours too SomaFM.
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Here are three shots from my remote cameras. Had hoped to set up in four locations but had to pull one of the cameras last night as the battery went dead. Enjoy!

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Great thread already and oh my - nicely done Walter!

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Here are two shots from my camera at the NASA causeway.

More shots and shots from previous missions at:
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Here's a couple of quick takes of the launch and the spectators at the Causeway.
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you are so lucky - though i am not sure if you are conscious of how lucky you are

I agree with this post and that second pic is a real winner.
 
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Can you tell me something......what's the black stripe on the left Solid vs the right ?
 

To tell them apart  ;)
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There's some very nice shots in this thread.

Here's a shot I took from the visitor's center.

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Here's my first, and last, attempt at a shuttle launch.



Montage of 4 shots taken at 1/2500, f8, ISO 320, with a 500mm Sigma lens (at 480mm) on a Canon 30d, cropped by about 25%.

Amazing experience.

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One picture each from launch and walkout yesterday. What an incredible final shuttle launch!!

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From the Causeway with a 300 mm lens

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Passing over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, 12:45 Thursday afternoon. Atlantis was being shy and hiding under the clouds
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Here's what I got with my 6 year old Canon S3is at 12x.


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Here's what I got with my 6 year old Canon S3is at 12x.



Beautiful.

Where was your viewing point?
Causeway or Press site?
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Here's mine!  Had to get one photo of my own for the last flight, as I did not get any for STS-133 launch so I could just soak up my first shuttle launch in Feb.
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Here's mine!  Had to get one photo of my own for the last flight, as I did not get any for STS-133 launch so I could just soak up my first shuttle launch in Feb.

wow great pictures!!!

i tried out a small video clip
won't know how good it is until after i get home
will post whatever result on my youtube channel
i am going to do a trip report on A.net
will link it here when done

hatch about to open!!!

yeeeee!!!!
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Here's what I got with my 6 year old Canon S3is at 12x.



Beautiful.

Where was your viewing point?
Causeway or Press site?

Causeway, next to the bleachers at the drawbridge.

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 bleachers at the drawbridge.

Great spot - I was there watching Endeavour lift off (STS-134)

much less people at the causeway back then...

eXcellent choice...
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Thx! 
Here's my facebook link to my other STS-135 pics & video for another one of my life's greatest days!  Other greatest days...Apollo 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, Skylab, STS-1, NASA Intern & Test Subject, 3x flying the vomit comet, Wedding, Birth of my two boys, STS-133 Discovery launch.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=1458939298

Cool!  I was there near the bleachers too!  On the right side of the poor mans countdown clock!  I took this pic of the bleachers...so you might be in there!
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Thx! 
Here's my facebook link to my other STS-135 pics & video for another one of my life's greatest days!  Other greatest days...Apollo 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, Skylab, STS-1, NASA Intern & Test Subject, 3x flying the vomit comet, Wedding, Birth of my two boys, STS-133 Discovery launch.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=1458939298

Cool!  I was there near the bleachers too!  On the right side of the poor mans countdown clock!  I took this pic of the bleachers...so you might be in there!

Hmmm... I must have been off to your right.  Here's my view down the causeway.  I was just to the west of the first tent there.



Any chance that's you just over my right shoulder?


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I'm the one fist pumping  :D
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The official launch thread is locked, so just thought I'd post a cool photo of the exhaust plume taken from the Shuttle Training Aircraft when it flew near it

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-135/flightday01/ndxpage1.html
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Have that one as my profile pic on facebook! :D
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How many of your Facebook friends think it's a pic of a wildfire? ;D

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Here's a picture from rollout (which I was lucky enough to attend) and one from the launch at the causeway (the last time a full Shuttle Stack will ever be in the frame of my camera). 
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Here are a couple of shots I took the evening before launch, you can find these as well as my launch photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/imperfectsense/sets/72157627169314336/detail/




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Here are a couple of shots I took the evening before launch, you can find these as well as my launch photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/imperfectsense/sets/72157627169314336/detail/

I always loved these night Space Shuttle pictures with the xenon lights on her.

These pix are really beautiful!
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Only one pic for now -- picture quality isn't the best as it's taken from my phone, but it's a panorama of the RSS rollback. 

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Here's mine!  Had to get one photo of my own for the last flight, as I did not get any for STS-133 launch so I could just soak up my first shuttle launch in Feb.

wow great pictures!!!

i tried out a small video clip
won't know how good it is until after i get home
will post whatever result on my youtube channel
i am going to do a trip report on A.net
will link it here when done

hatch about to open!!!

yeeeee!!!!

Thx!  Here is a photo of the bleachers I took...I was on the right side of the poorman's countdown clock. ;)

Did you sign the banner at the entrance?  I thought was so cool!  I hope they put it up near Atlantis when she has her place at KSC...would be cool to have my name near her at KSC!  :)
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crop of nikon d40 w/stock 200mm with a 2x extender, ISO 280, f/8, 1/640
cleaned up a little in photoshop for sharpness and tone.
about halfway down the east side of the causeway.

...i think the only way i managed to get through that day at all was because i was so convinced it wasn't actually going to happen. all the way to t minus nine felt like a dress rehearsal, and then, suddenly, it wasn't on the pad any more.

god speed atlantis.

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Here are some other launch day pics modified with photoshop.

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Here are some other launch day pics modified with photoshop.

lols. i'll see you and raise.  ;)

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Here are some other launch day pics modified with photoshop.

lols. i'll see you and raise.  ;)

Cool!  :D
Looks good! 
Hope my next card's an Ace!  ;)
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We may have accidently created a new thread... ;)
Patch Pics!  :)
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Heh, this is like the rap battle from the movie 8 mile :D

Awesome stuff!

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hands down favorite is still and will forever be STS-131. ISS horizon-to-hoizon flyover before, mother of pearl colored exhaust plume after, and in between, the quiet stillness of the last launch before the four "last" launches (and their crowds). went up on the first try, on a perfectly comfortable evening. i could live in that moment forever.

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Two more xenon shots (from the Saturn V complex) the night before launch. Not as nice as Imperfect Sense's stuff, but I'm pretty happy with them...  :)

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Here is a 360 degree panoramic view of the causeway viewing area, near the bleachers.

For a high-res zoomable view, click here: http://gigapan.org/gigapans/fullscreen/36f9d25260037be3b3e6bad675683bdf/

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I was lucky enough to make it to the final launch of each of the remaining orbiters, so here's my photographic tribute to their final flights.

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I was lucky enough to make it to the final launch of each of the remaining orbiters, so here's my photographic tribute to their final flights.
Cool!  I almost saw all three as well...134 scrubbed on me and wasnt able to make it back.
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Here is a 360 degree panoramic view of the causeway viewing area, near the bleachers.

For a high-res zoomable view, click here: http://gigapan.org/gigapans/fullscreen/36f9d25260037be3b3e6bad675683bdf/

I'm on this photo, glad i didnt crack the camera!
I'm the one on the left side taking a photo...probably of the Delta facility.
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My launch video from the Tweetup at the press site:



You can hear the chatter of the people standing around me before and during launch, so it's not necessarily the best audio - but it does provide a more unique feel for being there, versus a standard broadcast video.
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Here is a 360 degree panoramic view of the causeway viewing area, near the bleachers.

For a high-res zoomable view, click here: http://gigapan.org/gigapans/fullscreen/36f9d25260037be3b3e6bad675683bdf/

I'm on this photo, glad i didnt crack the camera!
I'm the one on the left side taking a photo...probably of the Delta facility.

Can't see me, as I am blocked by several people, but am still stunned when I look at this at how empty it was down at that end of the causeway, compared to some other shots further east that show people packed from the rope to the busses.

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Looking for Atlantis...



My humble video clip has miserably failed.

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Viewing locations at Banana Creek and the causeway as seen from the VAB pictures:

I photographed the causeway as we approached the end of the T-9 minute hold. Unfortunately, the weather was not the best. There have been previous occasions, in which i could read the bus names from location. The link takes you to bigger and better res versions of what is attached. I can work a bit more in Photoshop to generate some bigger images or focus on particular sections of the causeway,if people are interested.

Larger pictures and more views can be seen at the Flickr link below:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/suresh_atapattu/

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Here is a video we shot out at the Press Site.  I'm pretty happy the way the sound came out as well.  I wrote a short article about what you see in the video here:
http://www.universetoday.com/87466/bringing-you-there-atlantis-roars-into-orbit-one-final-time/




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Again, each launch has its own personality. Thanks to a friend, I was invited to view from the West Causeway. Different angle, less crowded. Being surrounded by NASA employees and contractors, the vibe of the crowd ranged from somber to exuberance and pride.

Screen captures from my video camera.

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Atlantis racing skyward. Its trail and shadow.
I'm glad the cloud deck was higher than STS-134. It seemed that the roar and crackle was again amplified / resonated by it.

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Simplistic animated GIF of captures from my video camera.

You can see the individual Ignition of SSME-3, SSME-2, SSME-1.
Then Liftoff, Clears the Tower, Roll Program, Racing Skyward, Trail and Shadow.

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I created a poster of my photos from the launch and I think it turned out pretty well, so I figured I'd post it here if anyone wants to pick one up:
http://www.zazzle.com/sts_135_atlantis_final_flight_poster-228205478714347527

If you're going to frame it I recommend dropping the size down to Large (34x12"), it should be easier to work with.  And you can change the text on it if you like, totally customizable :)

Enjoy!
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Better late than never, I suppose...

The first image is from the June 17th media event.
The second image is from my one successful remote camera at launch.
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Better even later than never! The first is an aerial view of KSC with Atlantis on the pad (albeit obscured by the service structures - 39A is leftmost) the second day before launch. The second is another shot from the causeway just before the cloud level was reached. Had to travel light so relied on a simple 'point and shoot' for each. DSW.   
« Last Edit: 07/21/2011 04:42 AM by DSW »

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Unfortunately, not my personal photo.

From Red Huber of the Orlando Sentinel:



http://twitpic.com/5tgc0j
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Unfortunately, not my personal photo.

From Red Huber of the Orlando Sentinel:



http://twitpic.com/5tgc0j

What a picture!!!!

This one gets best of the lot award!!!!
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Here are a couple quick edits from today. More will be posted once I get some sleep!

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Here are a couple quick edits from today. More will be posted once I get some sleep!

Know what you mean about sleep ;) Really like the landing shot.

Great thread.

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Same boat here. Nice job Walter.
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Atlantis surfing the morning air of KSC for the last time, photo courtesy of Geir Bjerke.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/neonstz/5961002046/

Wanted to cross-post/reply to this message from the viewing thread in the photo thread.  Really a great photo of landing.

This almost has to be taken from the same weather station my wife and I watched from this morning.  The only place elevated to see above the trees during landing and see the shuttle backlit against the building sunrise.

Many thanks to all on this forum because without this great info I'd have one less "memory of a lifetime"!

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Awesome photo - thanks Stuart!  Glad you got to see her land.




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A few more photos from landing day and one from today. I happened to be near the Udvar Hazy Center while headed to PA so I thought I would make a quick stop to see Enterprise. Really brought things full circle.
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My video of the landing from the press group on B road (runway threshold)

 

My humble blog about STS-134/135: http://sts134launch.blogspot.com/


Thanks, and Godspeed to everyone who worked the last 40+ years on the Shuttle, from Constitution/Enterprise to Atlantis.
« Last Edit: 07/23/2011 07:34 PM by JAFO »
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Nice photos.

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This almost has to be taken from the same weather station my wife and I watched from this morning.  The only place elevated to see above the trees during landing and see the shuttle backlit against the building sunrise.

Indeed it was... We we're parked on top of that hill (red camaro)

And I'd like to echo the thanks for the tip on that viewing location - it was great!

One could always wish for less vegetation and an even better view, but as it turned out, this was as good as it gets without VIP/employee access
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I'm posting photos and notes on STS135 - will update with additional links as each Part goes up.


Blog Post: Atlantis Journal (Part 1) features "insider" photos of Atlantis and the STS135 crew on Launch Day -1 . 

http://ow.ly/5RuKO

Cheers,

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I'm posting photos and notes on STS135 - will update with additional links as each Part goes up.


Blog Post: Atlantis Journal (Part 1) features "insider" photos of Atlantis and the STS135 crew on Launch Day -1 . 

http://ow.ly/5RuKO

Cheers,

MLD
Thanks; interesting stuff.

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finally finished putting together what I had...what a fun launch to re-live!!

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Very well done. Many thanks.

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finally finished putting together what I had...what a fun launch to re-live!!

I had the exact same experience, same busses, going to the same place, witnessing the very last Space Shuttle launch with Endeavour's launch some weeks before, again from the same spot.

Thank you for the good memories.

I will always miss them.

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Thanks guys! I'll sure miss it too but at least we have a reply button in our heads!! (occasionally helped by a few images and sounds) :)
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Thanks guys! I'll sure miss it too but at least we have a reply button in our heads!! (occasionally helped by a few images and sounds) :)

Enjoyed it, very well put together!

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Thanks guys! I'll sure miss it too but at least we have a reply button in our heads!! (occasionally helped by a few images and sounds) :)

Enjoyed it, very well put together!

Thanks it was fun to shoot and put together (for the most part!  ;) )

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Very nice!

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Thanks! :)

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"Don't cry because it is over. Smile because it happened."
- STS-135 Crew quoting Dr. Seuss

After getting through the Stages of Grief for the Space Shuttle Program ending and over a serious bout of Procrastination, I pulled together my YouTube video of the STS-135 Atlantis launch. Just in time for Holiday sharing!

I wanted to capture the launch and mission experience. With the unexpected Hold at the T minus 31 second count and with extra story content, the video ended up at 22 minutes!

If you wish to jump ahead, select "Show More" of the "Description" and click on the [min:sec] timestamps. Resolutions for 720p HD and 1080p HD are available, but you may have to buffer to keep the playback smooth.

I will post the shorter scenes early in the New Year. I have already posted the shorter scenes from my STS-133 Discovery and STS-134 Endeavour launch videos. Find them on my YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/gchockry

The vantage point for those were from the East Causeway with the general public (tour operators and LTT access). I was fortunate to be invited to view the STS-135 launch from the West Causeway with friends who are NASA employees / affiliated.


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Hi, I'm new here and just found this thread.  There are some beautiful pictures posted here from the launch.

Here are some pictures I took from the Causeway of the STS-135 launch.  This was my first Shuttle Launch and I still can't get the image out of my mind. 

Mike.


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I think these were my two favorite images from Lift and Mate.

-No matter how much we talk about the machines, the people who did the work are the ones were really were the heart and soul of the Shuttle.

-What the Shuttle symbolized to me: The United States was the only country to operate a winged spacecraft.
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Better late than never, they say?  Sorry for the thread necromancy, but I wanted to add my small contribution to this archive.  I wasn't about to attend the STS-135 launch or landing due to my work schedule, but I could not pass up the opportunity to see Atlantis in person at some point during her mission.  I have experience tracking ISS in orbit using my telescope and some software, but unfortunately there were no appropriate evening opportunities during 135 from my location in Florida.  So I did what I had to do, track it in broad daylight.  I knew it could be done in theory, ISS is bright enough to be seen in broad daylight, but I had never successfully done it with the telescope during the day.  1.25 hours after sunrise on July 17th, I took my shot. 

I had aligned the telescope prior to dawn early that morning.  That was the key to success.  You can sync the telescope on a bright object during the day like the moon or a planet, but it's not as accurate as a proper 2 star alignment.  The telescope performed brilliantly, it put ISS right in the field of view of the viewfinder camera, and within seconds I was able to adjust the tracking to put it in the field of view of the main camera (which is what I recorded with).  I took 11 frames from the peak of the pass at the end of the video to stack with Registax and create this still image of Atlantis docked to ISS:

Here's the raw video:


Last summer I attended the grand opening of the new Atlantis exhibit at KSC.  I met commander Chris Ferguson during the autograph signing and he kindly autographed a print of my photo of his mission.  He was rather shocked I was able to get a photo with that much detail.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/a/img690/9141/fz0s.jpg
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No apologies necessary, NGCHunter--that is stunning!  Would love to meet you at Onizuka Center at Mauna Kea some time!

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Thank you PahTo!  If I ever make it over there I'll be sure to stop in.  The farthest west I ever seem to get is San Diego for Neuroscience conventions.  One day though I'd love to see Mauna Kea, it's on the bucket list.

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amazing!!  thanks for sharing
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Awesome photo!  Glad you shared it because this thread needed a bump for me to find it!

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3 years ago today...


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I was there - with tears in my eyes...

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Yup.

It was my first/last/only Shuttle launch I watched in-person. An incredible experience.

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