Launch pics I TOTALLY forgot about!

As most of you know, I covered the final mission of Space Shuttle Discovery a few weeks ago… and until the sonic booms nearly gave me a heart attack the other day, I totally had forgotten to share with you my photos. Here are a couple of shots I thought you all might enjoy.

I saw this sign and literally did a u-turn in the middle of the street just to go back and snap a photo… I don’t know why, but it was the first sign that greeted me at KSC and it just sort of summed up the excitement of the whole experience.

This shot of the Vehicle Assembly Building doesn’t even look real to me. It looks like some kind of artistic rendering, but it’s totally legit. I promise. I def. took it. Just standing next to this building makes you feel about <—-> this big…both figuratively and literally. The sky is the limit for these folks. No, really.

The famous, giant clock… which was actually only about 20 feet long and 5 feet wide… if even.

My view of the launchpad. I was told by a Nasa guru that the press site is the closest anyone can safely watch the shuttle launch. Any closer and the vibrations from takeoff would stop your heartbeat. This also means that any woodland creatures living in those woods, unfortunately, did not survive.

I got a real kick out of the massive amounts of tripods set up several hours before lift off.

Inside the press room. While it looks barren now, about an hour before launch EVERY seat was taken and people were even sprawled out all over the floor. Each of these chairs was pre-assigned to a news organization. Front row, of course, included the USA Today, New York Times and Washington Post if I remember correctly.

The massive cloud after liftoff. Couldn’t take any great photos of the actual launch because I was taking video of it. Click here to see the video.

I loved that the smoke from the engines formed a “lucky 7.”

And my favorite picture of the entire day…

Proof that I’m a true human-interest journalist. I absolutely couldn’t resist capturing the crowd watching the launch. Everyone got goosebumps and felt emotional as the shuttle ventured into space… and that was certainly worth documenting.