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More: Boeing Delta 4-Heavy
More: Cocoa Beach - Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Skid Strip (XMR / KXMR)
More: USA - Florida, November 10, 2007
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Delta 4-Heavy roars into orbit with DSP-23, the final Defense Support Program missile-warning satellite, at 8:50pm EST from Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, November 10, 2007. Delta 4-Heavy, over 23 stories tall, is the world's largest rocket by height and most powerful unmanned booster.
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A visitor from Colombia posted Tue March 11, 2014:
Extraordinary and outstanding picture!

A visitor from Brazil posted Fri June 15, 2012:
Damn it man, this thing really look like an illustration from the sixties or something. Sorry about your camera lens, but sacrifices are sometimes necessary LOL... and, in this particular case, definitely worthwhile. You see, this is just insanely awesome. No science fiction movie can come even close to this in the "awe factor" department, in my opinion. Really a kick-ass job, buddy!

A visitor from Singapore posted Sat March 10, 2012:
Unbelievable planning... what a shot!

A visitor from - posted Tue March 6, 2012:
Thanks. However, it is a Delta (Delta IV-Heavy) not an Atlas.

A visitor from Mexico posted Mon March 5, 2012:
YESSS, WELL SAID DEFENSE!!

A visitor from Canada posted Mon March 5, 2012:
An absolutely awesome picture - gives a perfect sense of the Atlas' raw power as a booster. And the contrast of its amazing glare against a jet black sky is amazing. Top marks!

A visitor from - posted Mon November 21, 2011:
Fantastic shot. Would love to see a picture of what was left of the camera afterwards!

A visitor from Sweden posted Sat October 29, 2011:
Awesome.
The power of those rockets really shows. It's like a big finger saying
I'm off to Space.

A visitor from United States posted Wed September 21, 2011:
Throttleable Engine at 102% Thrust, Next to the Energia, this is some serious firepower

A visitor from - posted Mon August 1, 2011:
So hard to believe this is real! you mustve been unbelievably close to this i dont know how you managed. The lighting is spectacular and the picture truly captures the awesome power of the experience

A visitor from Brazil posted Sun June 19, 2011:
Tripple Cigarette Lighter.

A visitor from - posted Tue April 26, 2011:
Full marks! Never seen a launch so close before. Film and TV images are normally fuzzy but the clarity of this shot is incredible.

A visitor from France posted Fri March 11, 2011:
Power of love !

A visitor from Australia posted Tue January 11, 2011:
Probably the best part of this photo is that it is a great big symbolic rude finger to the forces that bind us to the earth...

A visitor from - posted Sat November 20, 2010:
One of the best photos on this site. Perfect timing, composition, angle, coloration, etc.

A visitor from United States posted Wed September 29, 2010:
Burn baby burn

A visitor from United States posted Sun September 19, 2010:
I love you!

A visitor from Algeria posted Sat August 21, 2010:
What a great inspiration you had to take this picture, never seen something like that before. The power of that photo is increadible.

A visitor from - posted Mon March 15, 2010:
The noise and heat must be very high at that point. May I know what kind of ear plugs and anti-burning-lotion you used!! (Ali Aminzadeh)

A visitor from Brazil posted Thu February 11, 2010:
Just amazing....i don't know what to say!

A visitor from United States posted Tue February 9, 2010:
WOW, GOOD BUT SCARY!

A visitor from Spain posted Tue December 15, 2009:
Great one. Nice grain of the film.
I liked the fact that the camera did survive to this; Poor lens, though!
I read an article about your photo and came here in search, very nice.

A visitor from - posted Mon November 16, 2009:
The crisp detail and dynamic framing is just amazing! (I feel like I'm about to be burnt to a crisp, just looking at it.)

A visitor from Italy posted Wed November 11, 2009:
I'd like to know how you had put whe camera right under the launch..

A visitor from United States posted Tue November 10, 2009:
Brilliant!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun November 1, 2009:
Brilliant framing, beautiful crisp focus.

A visitor from Canada posted Sun October 25, 2009:
Absolutely amazing. Worth losing a lens for!

A visitor from Indonesia posted Thu October 22, 2009:
I Wonder how mr. Cooper take this photo from close distance

A visitor from Japan posted Sun October 18, 2009:
Great!!

A visitor from - posted Fri October 9, 2009:
Wow the sheer power of it all!

A visitor from - posted Thu October 8, 2009:
I liked both the angle of the shot, which did well to convey the sheer size of the spacecraft, and the way the exhaust from the rocket engines looked.

A visitor from United States posted Wed October 7, 2009:
A perspective that I have always wanted to see - terrific.

A visitor from Norway posted Wed October 7, 2009:
There are only a few times in life a man is allowed to cry. Nailing that perfect photograph is one of them.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon October 5, 2009:
Gooooooood =)!!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon October 5, 2009:
Big and Power!

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Mon October 5, 2009:
Rare sigth

A visitor from Ukraine posted Mon October 5, 2009:
Cool idea! Great !

A visitor from Netherlands posted Mon October 5, 2009:
Super. No komments

A visitor from Brazil posted Mon October 5, 2009:
Amazing, superb!

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Mon October 5, 2009:
Simply beautiful

A visitor from Spain posted Mon October 5, 2009:
Incredible te way the photographer thought about the heat, maybe loose the camera and storage the pictures before the heat hit the camera. I suppose it would be really hot close there...and my camera is not design to suffer too hot!! ;-)

A visitor from Latvia posted Sun October 4, 2009:
Kinda magic :)

A visitor from Antigua And Barbuda posted Sun October 4, 2009:
Unreal angle, great framing!

A visitor from France posted Sun October 4, 2009:
Pijemi from France
Superbe et pour cela il faut prendre les riques necessaires .

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun October 4, 2009:
Incredible angle

A visitor from United States posted Sat October 3, 2009:
INSANE PHOTO! I love it!

A visitor from - posted Sat October 3, 2009:
Incredibile. I have no other words to discribe

A visitor from United States posted Sat October 3, 2009:
Simply amazing!

A visitor from United States posted Fri October 2, 2009:
Awesome!!! It boggles my mind to think of the force and power under this bad boy!!!!

A visitor from United States posted Fri October 2, 2009:
Perfectly composed, the planning that went into it really shows.

A visitor from United States posted Fri October 2, 2009:
Fantastic! This picture brings back memories. I made many trips down to the Cape while living in Daytona. I actually saw this launch!

A visitor from United States posted Fri October 2, 2009:
Great subject!

A visitor from Germany posted Fri October 2, 2009:
It's real, yes? Looks like a collage. Amazing!

A visitor from Canada posted Fri October 2, 2009:
All that's missing is the heat blast tearing you to pieces!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri October 2, 2009:
Its real and at the same time absolutely unrealistic...

A visitor from United States posted Fri October 2, 2009:
Kudos, sir. This is one amazing shot. I would love to know how you knew what exposure settings to use.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri October 2, 2009:
Raw power

A visitor from United States posted Fri October 2, 2009:
Angle is very important in a shot like this, and you nailed it.

A visitor from United States posted Fri October 2, 2009:
How do you even start trying to figure out the lighting for something like this? Not to mention the sonic energy alone would shatter most items containing air-voids. Great one-off shot, this bird is not coming back to land!

A visitor from United States posted Fri October 2, 2009:
The detail, the perfect timing, the contrast & the lighting bring across all the power of a launch. (and it is just pretty)

A visitor from Australia posted Fri October 2, 2009:
In a word - Stunning!

A visitor from Switzerland posted Fri October 2, 2009:
Goood shot

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri October 2, 2009:
Simply Amazing. The lighting in the photo is phenomenal, almost has a HDR ring to it. The reflected light from the boosters, and the shadows it cast, gives the launchpad an otherworldly feel to it. Beautiful. Hope the lens you lost weren't too expensive?

A visitor from United States posted Thu October 1, 2009:
Hard to get shot, very rare circumstances, wasn't on site had to preset settings

A visitor from - posted Thu October 1, 2009:
Awesome photograph- great composition, dramatic lighting, and a subject that brings a whole lot of wonder.

A visitor from United States posted Thu October 1, 2009:
The action, the perspective, and -- of course -- the ejaculatory moment.

A visitor from - posted Thu October 1, 2009:
Awesome, just awesome

A visitor from United States posted Thu October 1, 2009:
What amazing detail of a rocket at launch - just phenomenal to be so close. I think the loss of lens is worth it to get such a great photo - congratulations!

A visitor from - posted Thu October 1, 2009:
You gave up your camera lens to take this. Nice !

A visitor from United States posted Thu October 1, 2009:
Great angle with very fine detail, especially from the rocket boosters

A visitor from - posted Thu October 1, 2009:
Outstanding, dramatic shot! A great view from an angle you don't normally see!

A visitor from United States posted Thu October 1, 2009:
Those are some badass guardrails.

A visitor from - posted Thu October 1, 2009:
WOW! Now that's HOT! Literally! Awesome camera angle! Animates an amazing event!

A visitor from - posted Thu October 1, 2009:
Pure win

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu October 1, 2009:
Awesome angle, incredibly close up. Magnificient indeed.

A visitor from - posted Thu October 1, 2009:
Wow. Just wow.

A visitor from - posted Thu October 1, 2009:
Phenomenal shot! Kudos for the dedication... and may the lens rest in peace =P

A visitor from - posted Thu October 1, 2009:
Great shot!

A visitor from - posted Wed September 30, 2009:
What an amazing photo. It's a shame that it only has about 20k views...less than your typical boring cabin shot.

A visitor from United States posted Wed September 30, 2009:
Thanks for the comments. For those saying they would like to be this close to feel it in your chest, well, you can feel that from three miles away which is the closest we get to shuttle launches and for the above launch as well. This camera in particular was not protected for this launch and the lens that took it was destroyed. But the camera still works! And yes, any time you see a closeup image of a shuttle or rocket launch it was taken using a remote camera, set off by sound or anothe rmeans.

If you were able to stand this close and lived to tell about it (unlikely) you would certainly never hear anything again as we are talking some 160-180dB right next to it, far more than any jet engine from an equivalent distance. Hope this helps answer some questions! Thanks again.

A visitor from - posted Wed September 30, 2009:
Just amazing!!

A visitor from - posted Tue September 29, 2009:
Phenomenal photo. Never seen anything like it. Thanks.

A visitor from Netherlands posted Tue September 29, 2009:
Wtf, immediately hit the tumbnail on the main screen ***** thnx

A visitor from - posted Tue September 29, 2009:
Among the greatest photos I have ever seen - congrats!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Tue September 29, 2009:
Breathtaking, 5 stars!

A visitor from United States posted Tue September 29, 2009:
Wow, this is amazing. How did someone get this shot?

A visitor from - posted Tue September 29, 2009:
This has to be one of the best ever photos on A.net! Truly 5 stars!

A visitor from United States posted Tue September 29, 2009:
This looks like an illustration of the future from a 1960s science text book. Amazing.

A visitor from Sweden posted Tue September 29, 2009:
The noise must be insane at that range.

A visitor from Australia posted Tue September 29, 2009:
Just quietly, how do u get that close to a rocket?

A visitor from - posted Tue September 29, 2009:
Beautiful photograph! never before seen power on airliners.net!

A visitor from - posted Tue September 29, 2009:
Top Photo Mate.

A visitor from Bulgaria posted Tue September 29, 2009:
Unbelievable! No words!!!

A visitor from Australia posted Tue September 29, 2009:
Can you not be shocked by the unique angle of this shot?

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue September 29, 2009:
Fantastic! Superb! Outrageous! Unbelievable! That's the most interesting pic I've seen here at A.net in about half year. Congratulations, Ben, you should be very proud of you.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue September 29, 2009:
That's a photo from another dimension :o
Congratulations, Ben. Awesome work. Cheers - ZakHH

A visitor from Qatar posted Mon September 28, 2009:
Given double hearing protection, I would LOVE to stand so close, the feeling in your chest from standing so close would be immense! But of course I know that this was a remotely taken picture, no man could be so lucky to feel the power of a trio of RS-68 engines putting out a combined 2+ million pounds of thrust! Even standing this close to a B-1B at full afterburner is a near religious experience.

A visitor from - posted Mon September 28, 2009:
10-stars shot! How on Earth did you take this picture!??! Fantastic!

A visitor from Turkey posted Mon September 28, 2009:
This is a truly awesome and powerful photo! The angle from which the picture was taken adds to the massive size of the rocket... truly unique!

A visitor from United States posted Mon September 28, 2009:
I don't think any exposed human body can endure the heat and sonic wave at this distance. Nonetheless, excellent capture and awesome composition!

A visitor from China posted Mon September 28, 2009:
Uh...amazing shot... yes,how did you get that shot? I always envy those guys who work on the other side of airport fence. But now, all the people should envy you Mr Cooper!

A visitor from - posted Mon September 28, 2009:
How did you gat that picture

A visitor from United States posted Mon September 28, 2009:
Nice exhaust shock waves.

A visitor from - posted Mon September 28, 2009:
Simply amazing. A one-of-a-kind shot!

A visitor from United States posted Mon September 28, 2009:
Whaaaaaaa?!?!?! How in the world did you get this incredible shot? I'll assume you took this remotely, but I would imagine the camera was in some heavy duty enclosure to survive. One of the most breathtaking shots I have ever seen!

A visitor from Argentina posted Mon September 28, 2009:
Not an aircraft at all (the Space Shuttle is quite an airplane), but surely an amazing picture!

A visitor from Australia posted Mon September 28, 2009:
OMG that is amazing no idea how you got it but love it

A visitor from United States posted Mon September 28, 2009:
I sure hope you weren't standing this close to that thing when the photo was taken.

A visitor from - posted Mon September 28, 2009:
This is a photo for spaceliners.net


5 stars man.

A visitor from Netherlands posted Mon September 28, 2009:
Amazing, i didnt believe my eyes at first when i saw this photo.

A visitor from United States posted Mon September 28, 2009:
Ben, I've followed your work closely on Spaceflightnow, and it's wonderful to see an a.net upload from you! Beautiful shot.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon September 28, 2009:
Excellent angle!

A visitor from Germany posted Mon September 28, 2009:
Very impressive and exceptional view, great job!

A visitor from United States posted Mon September 28, 2009:
Absolutely amazing!!! How could this not be a 5 star?!?!

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Mon September 28, 2009:
Simply awesome shot! I have no idea how it possible to take such picture. I suppose that camera was in some shelter, wasn't it?

A visitor from France posted Mon September 28, 2009:
Just wow.. 5*

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon September 28, 2009:
Wow, that is something else.

A visitor from Belgium posted Mon September 28, 2009:
Just wow! you must have been standing real close!

A visitor from United States posted Mon September 28, 2009:
Amazing shot. Was the camera triggered remotely? Tony

A visitor from Sweden posted Mon September 28, 2009:
Ben, that's a five star photograph you have there mate!! Outstanding! And I bet it got a little warm under the collar for you?! Brilliant.
Spencer Wilmot.

A visitor from France posted Mon September 28, 2009:
How is this photo possible!? Wow

A visitor from - posted Mon September 28, 2009:
Wow! tell us how you got the photo! id imagine it would be a bit too warm to be standing there:p

A visitor from - posted Mon September 28, 2009:
AMAZING!

A visitor from Belgium posted Mon September 28, 2009:
Omg thats close!!! Great shot!

Cheers
Daniel

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