Posts Tagged ‘Shuttle Carrier Aircraft’

Endeavour’s Departure

September 23, 2012

I had the opportunity to watch Endeavour fly away from Kennedy Space Center one last time.

Endeavour on the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft flying by

While I didn’t get a picture of her, astronaut Kay Hire was there and greeted everyone lined up in front waiting for a good view.

I finally put the photos up today. I think they came out a little better this time around then the pictures of Discovery’s departure. This time I used a different lens, a 300mm with a wider aperture instead of a 100-400mm . The aperture helped to get better quality pictures, but the focal length prevented getting the whole orbiter or its carrier in the picture when they were on the runway. On the positive side, the names if the crew of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft are readable in a few of the pictures. They are below the cockpit of the 747. There was more haze in the air this time, so some pictures lacked contrast. I did what I could, but it made ISO 200 look more like 1600.

I learned that Tom the bus driver still works there. He still talks a lot, and he gets easily distracted by alligators.

They also started to charge for parking at the visitor center. I suppose that unwelcome change was inevitable.

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