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From the roof of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, "Discovery" begins her journey into space after launch on the STS-128 mission. Liftoff from Launch Pad 39A was on time at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The 1st launch attempt on 08/24 was postponed due to weather conditions. The 2nd attempt on 08/25 was postponed due to a valve in Discovery's main propulsion system. The huge clouds being generated are due to water from the noise suppression system being turned into instant vapor due to heat.
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    Suresh A. Atapattu
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
    Kennedy Space Center
    August 28, 2009
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Photo Added: August 29, 2009

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9 years ago
Wow! Awesome shot!
9 years ago
Wonderful shot!!
9 years ago
The power of human's idea moves himself towards the stars. Photographer deserved five of them for this shot and all others like any of us
9 years ago
Absolutely super photo Suresh! Better than the one on the NASA site.
9 years ago
Awesome shot, fantstic liftoff and good luck to the crew!
9 years ago
This is an amazing picture! We actually went to the first scheduled launch of this on the 24th. We drove six hours there, and then they scrubbed it! So back home we went in the middle of the night. We came up again for the 28th and it ended up going off. It was an amazing sight! But since I was at least ten miles away my pictures looked like poo. Everybody looking at them were asking, "is that the sunrise?" This is really an amazing picture here. I'm glad somebody got a good picture of it. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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