Sunday, March 15, 2009

STS 119

The space shuttle has launched about 25 minutes ago, mission 119, for space station service. They will install the final array of solar collectors, and probably some other stuff. Maybe something sciency.

Anyway, we walked about 3 minutes from the Lab Boy lair to see the launch, so you get to see the pix. Here are the best 2:

From before the boosters separated: (click to embiggen)

And one of the beautiful sunsetty aftermath: (again, click to embiggen)


spurge said...

Cool pics. All my shuttle shots are pre digital and I have no idea where they are.

I got to see a few launches close up when I lived in Florida. I was lucky to have a friend who's brother got us passes to watch on base.

Of course it took a few try before we actually got to see a launch with the frequent delays .

Lab Boy said...

I've always wanted to see one up close. I guess I had better get on that before the shuttle is phased out, eh?

spurge said...

I highly recommend a close viewing if you can pull it off. It is quite impressive.

I guess you are running out of time.

I did not think about that. Hard to believe that it is being phased out.

I remember watching when they did the flight test with the Enterprise shuttle and watching the first launch on TV.