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!
Yesterday’s post was the NASA’s Saturn V Booster Rocket from Cape Canaveral, FL (larger version posted below…your guesses were on it!!!). When you visit the Kennedy Space Center you can tour the facility and see lots of great sights! In the Apollo/Saturn V Center there are the actual rockets used in many of the Apollo/Saturn missions. Such a grand place and ready for multiple HDR’s! As you look up it is very surreal to think of the history of these amazing feats of human engineering….where they have been and what they accomplished. During your tour in the Apollo/Saturn V Center there is a cute little cafe inside called Moonrock! Great to grab a bite to eat and continue on your tour…or just eat your hot dog and stare upwards in amazement!
Its a fun day when visiting at the center…this day we even saw a few alligators hanging out in the sun and two armadillo’s walking the grounds (cute little critters). I’ll post additional shots soon and give more scoops on KSC! Only 4 more shuttle launches left…so visit soon if you can!! I am lucky enough to have seen about 6-7 launches in my time. All from various locations in Florida. Fantastic each time!! I can remember reading you can have one of the shuttles for a cheap price of $28 Million!!! Imagine parking that in your driveway! Hmmm, what should I drive today…the Buick or the Discovery? LOL
For the shot above (Saturn V S-II) I post processed the HDR and thought it was solid, but then played around with textures. I had this one texture that was purple outer space. As soon as I added it on…wow! Perfect combo!!! If anyone wants this texture from me…just shoot me an email or post below. Glad to send it!
Talke Photography Settings: (for the above photo)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 15.0mm
Exposure: HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
Gear: Tripod, Cable release
Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza, 1 Texture (purple)
Here is the large version of the Saturn V base in HDR. For yesterday’s photo, I had to position myself right under the rockets and shoot straight upwards. As I lined it up…all I could think was…sweet!! LOL :