Aviation Photo #1546130 Rockwell Space Shuttle - NASA

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"Discovery" departs Launch Compex 39A at 1943H EDT on STS-119 to the International Space Station. It delivered and assembled the fourth starboard Integrated Truss Segment (S6), and the fourth set of solar arrays and batteries to the station. Misssion duration was 12 days, 19 hours, 29 minutes, 33 seconds. Here is the first few seconds as she clears the lightning rod and starts her acceleration to reach escape velocity. The clouds are caused by water used in the noise suppression system. [Canon 1Ds MkII F/4 600mmX2x;1/640;ISO125]
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    Suresh A. Atapattu
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
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    Rockwell Space Shuttle
    Kennedy Space Center
    March 15, 2009
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Photo Added: June 27, 2009

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8 years ago
Fantastic capture. the clarity of the orbiters engines is amazing. I for one applaud the use of the watermark. It has a purpose. Nice job Suresh! /towerjoe
8 years ago
Amazing clarity at 1200mm. Good use of watermark to help stop pirating.
5 years ago
January 2013 and it's the first time I see this photo. I love the blue cones of fire from the main engines. Great picture!

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