A Shuttle Launch
at the Kennedy Space Center

One of the most riveting events to watch in person is a live NASA shuttle launch at the Kennedy Space Center. I was fortunate to be able to photograph this lift-off to the International Space Station from [inside] the space center as a member of the PRESS CORPS. The shot was taken at a distance of 3.0 miles from the launch site, from the top of the CBS Press Building.

Dr. Ellen's Equipment: Nikon Professional Digital SLR with a 500mm f/4 Nikkor super telephoto stabilized on a Bogen tripod equipped with a WIMBLERY head and remote shutter release cable.

Footnote: the space shuttle captured the world's imagination with the power and majesty of its very first launch in 1981. Its final and 135th mission was on July 8, 2011 with the launch of Atlantis. Discovery was the first shuttle to be retired, followed by Endeavour, then Atlantis.


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