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Atlantis launch STS-135, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Wonderful Profile

Space shuttle Atlantis leaps from the launch pad on the final flight of the space shuttle program as STS-135.  Burning over 20,000 lbs of fuel every second, Atlantis will accelerate to 28,000 km/h over the course of eight minutes.

STS-135 Atlantis launch, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Handoff to Houston

Space shuttle Atlantis clears the tower on the final launch of the space shuttle program, STS-135.  Once clear of the tower, control is transferred from the Kennedy Space Centre to Mission Control in Houston for the duration of the flight.

STS-135 Atlantis rollover nose detail, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Atlantis Details

Some closeup details of space shuttle Atlantis during her final rollover reveal surprisingly complex surfaces.  Top: reinforced carbon carbon panels and tiles on the port wingtip.  Center: thermal blankets on the port OMS pod and covered RCS thrusters.  Bottom: nose details with RCC cap, TPS tiles, and thermal blankets.


Space shuttle mission badge quilt, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Mission Quilt

NASA employees at the Kennedy Space Centre display a quilt in front of the Vehicle Assembly Building of every single mission patch dating back to 1981′s STS-1. Photo:  Michael Spooneybarger.

STS-135 wall of cameras, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Camera Wall

A wall of cameras line the shoreline of the press site at Kennedy Space Centre for the final launch of the space shuttle program.

Man on phone during space shuttle Atlantis launch STS-135, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Important Business

A gentleman conducts Important Business on his phone as Atlantis reaches for the clouds during the final launch of the space shuttle program.


Atlantis Launch STS-135, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Monsoon Season

A remote camera set up on a dry lake bed captures space shuttle Atlantis clearing the tower during launch of STS-135. Heavy rains preceding launch day dramatically changed the nature of this photograph, turning the foreground from a brilliant landscape of caked and broken earth to something approaching a mudbowl.

American alligator, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Toothpick

An American alligator, common at the Kennedy Space Centre,  chews on a toothpick outside one of NASA’s administrative buildings.

STS-135 Launch Max Q, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Booster Max Q

Condensation clouds form around the nose of Atlantis’ solid rocket boosters as the space shuttle makes the transition to supersonic speed. The effect can be seen below, in a frame taken from one of NASA’s HD video cameras mounted to the External Tank:


Chris Hadfield, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Chris Hadfield

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield gives an interview at the press site of the Kennedy Space Centre.  Hadfield flew on two shuttle missions, STS-74 (Atlantis) and STS-100 (Endeavour).

Gopher tortoise, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

KSC Oldtimer

A gopher tortoise, possible older than the space shuttle program itself, basks in the sun outside of its burrow in the press site, gazing towards launch pad 39A.

Launch of STS-135 (audio)

The crackling thunder of space shuttle Atlantis’ twin Solid Rocket Boosters fades into the humid Florida sky during the final launch of NASA’s space shuttle program, STS-135, bringing the curtain down on a 30-year old technological marvel. Note:  if the audio player doesn’t appear, click the title (Launch of STS-135) to view the actual post.


Great blue heron skull, Franklin Island, Georgian Bay

Revealed Heronry

The skull of a great blue heron, time-worn and well weathered, shows off the distinctive heron shape, with a long beak for catching fish in shallow waters.

Infrared view of space shuttle Endeavour, STS-134, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Infrared Preview

An infrared view of the final launch of space shuttle Endeavour, as seen from the dike road at Kennedy Space Centre.  The External Tank turns white in infrared, harking back to the early days of the Program when the ET was originally painted white. This is an unfinished image, the final image processed from RAW […]

Final launch of space shuttle Endeavour, STS-134, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Across The Pond

Space shuttle Endeavour streaks toward the clouds as photographed by a remote camera set up on Kennedy Space Centre’s dike road.


Mark Kelly, STS-134, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Mark Kelly

Endeavour’s commander Mark Kelly says a few words after arriving at the Kennedy Space Centre for the second launch attempt.

Endeavour Flag, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Flag Forward

Endeavour’s flag flies proudly over Launch Complex 39A.  This is actually a fairly difficult shot to get, 95% of the time the wind blows the flag backwards.

Endeavour RSS Rollback, STS-134, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

STS-134 RSS Rollback (timelapse)

The Rotating Service Structure is rolled back from space shuttle Endeavour for the first launch attempt, revealing the youngest orbiter in the fleet over the course of 45 minutes (click the play button to view the timelapse).


Space Shuttle Discovery TPS, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Belly of the Beast

Waiting for launch of space shuttle Endeavour, a tour of the Orbiter Processing Facility takes the wideangle lens underneath space shuttle Discovery, her thermal protection tiles stretching off to the distant nose gear.

Dragonfly, Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida

Archie’s Pastels

An iridescent dragonfly alights on a small branch in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge.

Softshell Turtle, Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida

Softshell Schnozz

A softshell turtle relaxes on land on the Maritime Hammock Trail of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge.


Brown anole, Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida

Backlit Display

A brown anole does its best to ward off the photographer on the Maritime Hammock Trail of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge.

American White Ibis, Merritt Island, Florida

Ibis Whites

An American White Ibis wades on the shores of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Space shuttle Endeavour under xenon lights, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

A Xenon Endeavour

Space shuttle Endeavour, shortly after rollback of the Rotating Service Structure, sits bathed in Xenon lights for the final time.


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