Cape Canaveral, FL – Space Shuttle Bay (HDR)

The Space Shuttle Discovery blasted off today from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on its way to the International Space Station.  There are only 3 more missions remaining and the Space Shuttle fleet will be retired. I will miss the launches…if they are normal launch times, we always try to watch them on TV.

Some info from the web:   NASA said Discovery’s mission will mark the first time four women have been in space at one time: Three women — mission specialists Stephanie Wilson, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger and Naoko Yamazaki — comprise part of the Discovery’s crew, while NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson is already at the space station.  The launch comes three days after Russian spacecraft Soyuz TMA-18, carrying Dyson and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko, blasted off to the International Space Station from a Kazakhstan facility.  The space station, which orbits the Earth at a height of some 250 miles, is due to be finished next year and is about 90 percent complete.

This shot is from the Kennedy Space Center Tour in Florida.  This is looking into the bay of the Space Shuttle.  A satellite tucked away in the back.  Looks a little tight for me.  Here in the US…our SUV’s might be bigger! Hope your day is a blast!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 18.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/8.0
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza