Thursday, July 21, 2011

Welcome Home, Atlantis!

Space shuttle Atlantis touched down at 5:57 a.m. at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the final time. STS-135 was the 33rd and final flight for Atlantis, which has spent 307 days in space, orbited Earth 4,848 times and traveled 125,935,769 miles. Those are pretty amazing statistics. The end of an era.

(Image courtesy of NASA/Kim Shiflett)

Monday, July 11, 2011

My favorite launch photos

The low-hanging clouds did not make for great viewing of Friday's launch, but it made for a great photograph. I love this view, with the launch pads and the beach and the ocean and the marshes. (NASA photo)

The Max Brewer Bridge leading to the Space Center had a few people on it watching the launch! (NASA photo)

Friday, July 8, 2011

We have liftoff

After a nearly perfect countdown on a day when the rain stayed away just long enough, we had a beautiful final shuttle launch. Godspeed, Atlantis! Job well done, NASA and contractors.
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
July 8, 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Countdown to launch

Space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to lift off 11:26 a.m. EDT tomorrow, Friday, July 8, but it looks as though rain may interfere with the launch plans. Meanwhile, friend David McRee, Blog the Beach, sent the following link to a 360 degree view of the space shuttle Discovery's flight deck. Cool stuff!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Thanks to all who have served

(From Robin Chapman's postcard collection)