Tuesday, March 17, 2009


by Robin

On Sunday night, we saw another spectacular dusk launch. I think those are my favorite because the way the sun hits the "con"densation trail in the sky. It's spectacular in person and nothing I can capture via camera.

Anyhow, I made some learning mistakes with the new camera and have to remember to not use the burst if I want to capture anything 30 seconds after my last 3 pics. (Sigh)

My first pics were all one big glow. The camera had no idea how to handle the big ball of light against the night sky. I don't blame the camera. It's hard for the complex human eye to focus on it too. LOL.

Anyhow, here's what I got. I wanted to make this post a WORDLESS WEDNESDAY, but had too much to preface before posting.

Here is the glow about to come up over the trees.

After a disaster burst of 3, I changed settings quickly and capture this one decent pic. If only NASA would allow me a re-do. (Those lines are the power cables in front of the viewing lot.)

Here are the 2 rocket boosters separating from the main booster & shuttle. I threw in a little more contrast to help you out visually. Ignore the yellow.

This picture depicts the more accurate sky Sunday night. Dusk. If you look closely, you'll see the shuttle light right above the power lines. And if you grab out a magnifying glass (or I send you the original size pic), you can see the 2 boosters falling to the ground about 2-3mm below the shuttle speck.

Oh and this..... I couldn't let this get away without a picture. At the top of the arch, where the shuttle turns over on its back and heads due east about 14,000 mph, the sun was shining just perfectly on the con trail. It made some cool glowing condensation.

Well, it's not perfect, but they're mine. (Gee... sounds like something I'd say about my kids. LOL) Each and every shuttle launch just seems like a miracle to me. We all sit in awe as it lights up the sky and shakes the ground. It's something everyone should see once in a lifetime. I'm blessed to have seen it probably over a dozen times. Sometimes we'll even go out fishing and see one of the boosters being towed back in to port. Amazing.

Port Canaveral is one of the couple quadra-ports in the entire world. We have travelers via roads, railroad, waterways and outerspace.


Luke said...

I'm amazed at the great photos so many homeschoolers have of the shuttle launch. I'm a little jealous [smile].


Sharie said...

(hanging head in shame) I've been so bad lately about leaving comments, though I read and love each post!

Boy, do these pictures bring back memories! Our shuttle launch viewing (9 years ago??) will always be one of our highlights in Florida! Thanks for sharing!

Angela said...

AWesome, Robin! I love the photos and I agree, I think each shuttle launch is amazing. We take it for granted these days, but it is truly amazing. I've been reading Hugh Ross's book, "Why the Universe is the Way it Is." Awesome book tying what science knows about the universe to what the Bible says about it. Really interesting, and really makes an impact and reminds us how incredibly complex the idea of human travel in space really is. A true miracle that people ever make it back to tell the tale!