Discovery's Last Launch | john hodge

john hodge
Location of photo
Titusville, Fl., USA
Date/Time of photo
2/25/11; shortly after 5 PM local.
Hand held image of Discovery taken with a Canon 400D and a 200 mm lens.
I made a day trip from S.C. to Florida for the final launch of Discovery. I was across the river about 12-14 miles from Pad 39. As expected the launch was a very emotional event, and I divided my time between photographing and enjoying the visual aspects of the event. This photo reminds me of Mike Collins's book title, "Carrying the Fire." I like this photo more than the ones in which the vehicle and boosters are visible. It captures the grandeur of the event. The flame in the contrail says it all. Hail Discovery!
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