|Posted on May 11, 2009 11:09:40 PM | Janet Anderson | 6 Comments ||
Launch Day! May 11, 2009: A Photo Diary
Here we go! Reed's comments set the stage for how our launch day began:
Our bus was scheduled to leave the hotel at 9, but didn’t leave until 9:30. There's a former astronaut on the bus with us as well as our tour guide from yesterday. We arrive at the launch viewing location and not long after, the astronaut van comes down the street taking them to the launch pad.
Lots of traffic on the way in to Kennedy Space Center today. Today is the big day!
The Press sit parking lot is quickly filling -- it is only 8 a.m.
One of the first events occurring mid morning was the crew departing from their quarters. In this photo is the astronaut transportation vehicle.
Another view of the vehicle. Excitement and emotion is running high.
Finally the crew emerges. The crowd begins to cheer -- my eyes begin to tear -- this is really an emotional experience and I had not anticipated it. I am proud to be an American and have never felt more patriotic!
NASCAR driver Brian Vickers at the press site pre-launch.
The crowd and media around the Press Site building at about T -7.
The countdown clock showing T – 5:15 and counting. Notice the shuttle on the pad in the distance.
Members of the media stake out their spot to photograph and film the launch.
Gathering to watch the launch.
A closer view of media on the roof. Also, note viewers on large building in background.
The ground trembles, and with a rumble like thunder, Atlantis roars into space (image is from www.nasa.gov).
The plume of smoke left by Atlantis post-launch.
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