---

This morning Traction Control was on hand for the first night-time shuttle launch since Columbia (the 30th in the Shuttle program’s history) with the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavor.

Bldg

The NASA access provided a vantage point some 400 yards closer than the press facilities.

KSC Map

(The diagram on the right shows the layout of our access area).

ObservationSite

Our Observation site – (Click image to see the Launch Site to the right)

Scheduled for 2:28:06 AM the launch was a Go and the night was turned into daylight as the 4.5 million pound stack soared upwards through the clouds.

The sound, and the physical buffeting that reached us at our vantage point were the most vivd feelings of the impressive amount of raw power expended in the launch which burned 11000 pounds of fuel per second.

Ignition

(Ignition)

Lift Off

(Lift Off)

Smoke Plume

(Smoke Plume)

Update: Flopping Aces has a great photo of the launch.

Update 2:

Video of the launch from 2 miles out!




You must be logged in to post a comment.

Name (required)

Email (required)

Website

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Share your wisdom

FFL

"Anyone who still wants guns, rifles or ammo should go to Traction Control/Well-Regulated Militia: http://tinyurl.com/2ea4lhn Still pre-panic prices and a huge inventory and good reliable service. Tell everyone you know"

Posted by: DAve at December 23, 2012 02:55 PM (XDC0v) at AoSHQ





StatsViewer


Top 100 Gun Blog
GBR

NRA

Join the NRA
TSRA

Support the TSRA

  • Political Continuum

  • Unorganized Militia Propaganda Corps

Iowahawk