Photo 4,260 of 4,263 by Steve Brimley
Photo 4,260 of 4,263 by Steve Brimley
  • Ben Cooper
    NASA
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
    Rockwell
    OV-104
    OV-104
    Kennedy Space Center
    Florida
    USA
    April 21, 2010
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April 30, 2010
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Workers look on as Space Shuttle Atlantis, bathed in spotlights, emerges from the VAB for the final time: In preparation for STS-132, the final mission for the 25-year-old orbiter, Atlantis, standing 19 stories tall and 25 stories atop the massive crawler transporter and mobile launch platform, begins the trek to Pad 39A from the 525-foot Vehicle Assembly Building at 11:31pm EDT April 21. Giant xenon spotlights bathe the shuttle for crowds on her ultimate mission.
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Comments (25)

Anonymous
6 years ago
Ben, awesome shot!!! Nothing else to say, bro, but keep it up.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Pretty good eye there ... The best!

Rgds from ZRH

Robin
Anonymous
6 years ago
Very unique shot! -Ron
Anonymous
6 years ago
This is really cool.bailey van.4th grader.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Fantastic shot of Atlantis leaving the VAB! What an amazing view!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Mag-freaking-nificent.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Spectacular! Like curtains opening to reveal the star on stage. With its palette of cool colors, strong backlighting on the main subject and theatrical scale, this could easily be a shot from a Spielberg movie. Bravo, indeed.
Alberto, NYC
Anonymous
6 years ago
That is simply an amazing shot! human inginuity, perserverance, and mans dream of exploration all in one scene... reasons why this program should be CONTINUED not shelved...

5*

Anonymous
6 years ago
When you think this guy has uploaded everything he got, he comes again and brings us this shot.
Keep them coming, Ben!! Please!
Anonymous
6 years ago
This is an amazing shot. Overall it depicts the amazing engineering feat that is the Space Shuttle
Anonymous
6 years ago
Amazing photograph on many levels.
Anonymous
6 years ago
And they want to shut down NASA!!! This photo clearly states why they shouldn't. Nice photo!!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
What a composition! Thanks.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Only in America, what a photo. It captures the wonder and spirit of travel to another world. Someone commented earlier that " and too think they want to shut NASA down" Obama doesn't want to shut it down completely. He just wants to gut it till its close to death. Its part of his "redistribution of wealth" plan. God help America and NASA to survive long enough to outlast his tenure in office.
Anonymous
6 years ago
This is an amazing photo - especially the light and the men in the foreground to lend scale, as if the lighting didn't already convey a surreal feeling.
Anonymous
6 years ago
It's harder to see in the photo, but if you want scale...that white thing to the left of the shuttle on the ground, is a pickup truck.

In addition, in the higher-res version, you can see two people standing just in front of the crawler (between crawler and camera) on the left side, second tread).
Anonymous
6 years ago
Excellent !!! A unique picture !!! No one do it o good ! 5 stars !
Anonymous
5 years ago
Wonderfull picture!! .. awesome... to be honest i cant find any more words to describe the pic ... =')
Anonymous
5 years ago
Beautiful!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Fantastic pic i wished that spotlight could have set just behind the rocket.
Anonymous
5 years ago
I have run out of adjectives to describe this amazing photo.
Just think...In just a very short time, shots such as this will be relegated to history. The only orbiters will be sitting in front of museums......wonder what they will do with the VAB, that magnificent crawler / launch pad, ( and all of those talented workers )?
Anonymous
5 years ago
This reminds me of a rock star who has just walked out on stage.
Anonymous
4 years ago
Well Ben, maybe now you will have some time to work on your book?

I just hope NASA has figured out something to use the VAB for; what an amazing building!
Anonymous
4 years ago
You are an artist!
Anonymous
3 years ago
Reminds me of Tintin: 'Destination Moon'! Need I say how Incredible with capital I this photo is..? I even can't find my words...