Sunday, March 15, 2009

Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery Seen in Tampa

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It was a very quiet Sunday evening in our neighborhood, except for me, hooping and hollering in the backyard with my camera. The space shuttle first appeared as a glowing red point of light going straight up. The contrail behind it glowed with bands of sunset colors. It looked amazing, even from 130 miles away!

The wind started tearing the contrail apart right away.

The white cloud is what was left from the space shuttle roll maneuver that puts it into orbit.

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