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