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The A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway, the bridge we camped out on to watch the launch
The view of the launch pad from our vantage point on top of the bridge
The VAB is looking good in the sunset
Zoomed out a little more so you can see the launchpad (on the left) and the VAB on the right
Zoomed a little more out. This is more or less what it looked like to the unaided eye.
Believe it or not, we weren't the first group on the bridge. These people had been camping out all day!
James tests out the binoculars
A beautiful Florida sunset
James waits for a long night as the VAB sits in the distance
A destination from an earlier time
At this point, the bridge was still empty
A 120 second exposure of thet launch pad and VAB. The bright spotlights on the shuttle really light up the sky
A fellow photographer checks his camera in the early morning light
Positioning cameras..
There were a lot of boats on the intercoastal waterway
James' decision to buy a sleeping bag really paid off int he end
As the sun rose, more and more people turned out on the bridge
Awaiting the sun
Lots of photographers were making final calibrations to their setup
At this point, these guys had been on the bridge for almost 24 hours
Our empty bridge is filling up!
A camera pointed towards the launch site
That is one hell of a lens
This guy with the blanket and the can made me laugh
What a crazy dude!
A wild dolphin!
The launchpad, seen through the morning mist
The VAB is so massive it's difficult to think about
The sun is almost here..
Finally, the sun peeked up above the cloud bank
Sunlight falls on the waiting masses
A crane?
Nice backpack
At this point, lots of normal people started showing up since it wasn't so crazy early
I'm really glad i eschewed "Space Park", that place is packed!
The police shut down the bridge two hours before the launch
I took this picture for Bryce. He thinks those "Big Dog" shirts are ridiculous
The bridge is really filling up!
There were several street vendors selling various NASA gear
I believe this is the T-38 piloted by astronaut Steven Lindsey as he gauges the crosswinds at the Shuttle Landing Facility
A boat hurries to the small island closer to the launch site
Another dolphin!
The big moment is here at last! Main engines start, SRB ignition, and liftoff of Space Shuttle Endeavour!
The camera automatically took pictures while I watched with my naked eyes. It was almost too bright to look at
Photos cannot do it this event justice. It is simply breathtaking. It was absolutely worth all of the time and effort
The exhaust plume puncturing the low lying louds
Now here's something I don't recall seeing before.. the swirly aftermath of the exhaust plume
The clouds blocked the shuttle from our view, but the seeing the shadow of the exhaust plume cast on it spanning the sky was incredible
It spanned across the entire sky
Me and the remnants of Endeavour's exhaust plume
I don't know how I've never seen this before!
One last look at the launch site. Time to head home.
Mass exodus!
There was a scramble to get on the roads before the filled up
But of course.. they filled up immediately anyway. Worth it!
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