and awaaaaay we go
Well, after fighting with my digital camera for a sufficiently long time, I managed to actually wrestle some pictures out of it.
Because of heavy traffic, we weren't able to make it as close as I would have liked to the shuttle launch. We only got within about 15 miles of the launchpad when it blasted off.
These first 7 pictures were captured from NASA TV:
an astronaut gets the last of his gear on in the "white room" just outside Discovery's hatch
astronauts being strapped in
side view inside the cockpit
And now the launch; the shuttle was out of sight within a minute. We were too far away to hear much engine noise, but it was audible.
The next launch is scheduled for September. We'll get an earlier start next time, and hopefully I'll get some pictures of that launch from Cocoa Beach.
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