I don't have a video posted yet on YouTube of the Shuttle launch, though one will be forthcoming. I do have a couple of pictures I took that turned out fairly well.
|Looking at the launch pad from the VAB.|
|Main engines start.|
|Just about to clear the tower!|
|Still beneath the cloud layer.|
|Out of sight.|
|Rocket just igniting.|
|Brightest star in the sky for a few moments.|
|Away into space.|
The next two launches schedule here at the Cape are very dear to me. JUNO will launch on an Atlas V near August 5th, and my own project that I have been working on the last two and a half years, GRAIL, will launch on the last Delta II Heavy around September 8th. I look forward to seeing both of these spacecraft launch and travel through space to do their science.
With the end of the program being so soon, I find myself hoping that this will not be the one and only time I get to do something like this. I've been very fortunate to be down here for the last two shuttle flights. I hope to be here again when the United States returns to space with whichever vehicle we chose to do so with.