Atlas V Launch - Wideband Global Satcom
The Atlas V launch Wednesday night as seen from the beach near the Cocoa Beach Pier (foreground). The rocket, powered by a Russian-made kerosene/LO2 engine, placed a military communications satellite into orbit.
Endeavour on piggyback as it flies over Patrick Air Force Base, Florida just after sunrise. Endeavour made a series of farewell overflights of the Space Coast, notably KSC, both Air Force bases and Walt Disney World.
Space Shuttle Discovery on the SCA
Over Patrick Air Force Base, Florida
The Space Shuttle Discovery, atop the SCA heading north along the Indian River Lagoon over Patrick Air Force Base.
Shuttle SCA at Sunrise
Disclaimer: this is not a representation of what I really saw last Tuesday. I had all these grand plans to capture a shot just like this. I had my spot picked out and I was ready. Unfortunately, timing doesn't always work in my favor. By the time they flew past, around and back again, the sun had already risen much higher than this. This is a composite of two pictures I took that I later put together in Photoshop.
Since an opportunity like this will never again present itself, I made this mainly to illustrate what I was looking to accomplish and remind myself, now, what could have been if only I worked in a skyscraper where I could've gotten a better angle..LOL
Apollo 1 Memorial Plaque
This is an image of the Apollo 1 Memorial Plaque on the remaining structure of Launch Complex 34. Launch Complex 37 with the United Launch Alliance Delta IV building is in the background.
Launch Complex 34 - Apollo 1 Memorial
At 1831 hours, on Friday, 27 January 1967, Lt. Col. Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Lt. Col. Edward White and Lt. Cmdr. Roger Chaffee were killed during what was supposed to be a test for the first of the Apollo lunar missions.
This image shows what remains of the launch pad. The rounded pipes that make up the ring were used to spray water onto the concrete pad below.
LC34 was used only once after the Apollo 1 tragedy - for the launch of Apollo 7.