Amazing Discovery!

This image of Space Shuttle Discovery on her way to the launch pad is quite the buzz.

Space Shuttle Discovery on the way to the launchpad.

Space Shuttle Discovery. Photo credit: Larry Tanner, USA

A friend of mine from Boeing emailed the pic to me yesterday morning. I traced down the photographer, Larry Tanner, United Space Alliance. I posted it via twitter and the twittersphere went nuts. 1600 views on twitpic yesterday. National Geographic plans to feature the image, with Larry’s permission, on their website.

Larry told me the planets aligned perfectly for him to capture this shot.

Thank you Larry for sharing this moment with all of us.

FYI: Space Shuttle Discovery is scheduled to launch on November 1 at 4:40 p.m. EDT, taking to orbit Commander Steve Lindsey, Pilot Eric Boe and Mission Specialists Alvin Drew, Mike Barratt, Tim Kopra, Nicole Stott and Robonaut 2.

STS-133 crew with Robonaut 2

STS-133 crew with Robonaut 2

If you want to participate in their journey to space and back, you can help select wake-up songs for the STS-133 crew, or submit your own original music for the last mission, STS-134, with NASA’s Space Rock contest.

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14 responses to “Amazing Discovery!

  1. Hi Beth! Thank you for posting Larry’s historic and incredibly powerful photo. This has quickly become one of my all time favourites! :-)

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  3. Liz Strand

    Thank you for posting Larry’s amazing photo! Just seeing that is inspirational and uplifting…and just plain old awesome!

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  6. Hello there,

    We came across your great picture of the Discovery on Boston.com. We are in the process of making a book call 100 Green Solutions while we still have time” plus we made one call 100 Places to remember before they disappear, which has to date sold over 100,000 copies world wide not including the USA nor China. The US version will be coming out in April.

    Last Year we year made a special addition to Newsweek giving them record hits on their website on the first day. We plan to do the same for next book as well.

    In saying all this, we would like to get in contact with you regarding the space shuttle picture and ask if we could use it. The Picture will be included in exhibitions, hopefully COP 17 in South Africa, Tv spots etc.

    Please contact me via my email ech@pdechco.com or on my cell, +45 60 200 516.

    Looking forward to hearing from you

    Best regards

    Erik C. Hoppe

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  10. Christian

    That Space Shuttle Discovery photo is amazing! It is possible to have it in the original resolution?

    Thank you!

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  13. It’s an incredibly amazing photo! Thanks so much! And thanks too, for the history around it.

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