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Endeavour's Launch

February 17th, 2010

An exhaust cloud engulfs Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida as space shuttle Endeavour lifts off into the night sky.

Launch of the STS-130 mission to the International Space Station was at 4:14 a.m. EST. This was the second launch attempt for space shuttle Endeavour's STS-130 crew and the final scheduled space shuttle night launch. The first attempt on February 7, 2010 was scrubbed due to unfavorable weather.

The primary payload for the STS-130 mission to the International Space Station is the Tranquility node, a pressurized module that will provide additional room for crew members and many of the station's life support and environmental control systems. Attached to one end of Tranquility is a cupola, a unique work area with six windows on its sides and one on top. The cupola resembles a circular bay window and will provide a vastly improved view of the station's exterior. The multi-directional view will allow the crew to monitor spacewalks and docking operations, as well as provide a spectacular view of Earth and other celestial objects. The module was built in Turin, Italy, by Thales Alenia Space for the European Space Agency.

Kennedy Media Gallery: KSC-2010-1674

Photo credit: NASA/Sandra Joseph and Kevin 'Connell.

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: foo
about 4 years, 2 months ago
simply awesome.
Posted By: MrPacMan36
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Very nice! Love the way it (looks) tilted, and love the clarity, thanks for this! :D
Posted By: Yorkie X
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Nice shot, finally somebody on this site who can use a camera !
This comment is rated: immature
Posted By: paul.charles.k
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Yorkie, he didn't take the picture...?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:STS-130_exhaust_cloud_engulfs_Launch_Pad_39A.jpg
Posted By: KenRockwell
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Another Spaceshuttle wallpaper:

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/4097/shuttletakeoff.jpg
Posted By: paul.charles.k
about 4 years, 2 months ago
The heck, are you really Ken Rockwell?
Posted By: LTD602
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Oh my God. This is unbelievably good.
Posted By: eddyjessup
about 4 years, 2 months ago
i saw this picture on Astronomy Picture of the Day @ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ last week. im glad to see it here and all sized up for my desktop, thanks
Posted By: K
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Thanks, the photo is great, send my congrats to the authors.
Posted By: jwkramer61
about 4 years, 2 months ago
stunning! I'll be very sad to see the program end.
Posted By: odkkoma
about 4 years, 2 months ago
The tilt is awesome!! Great picture! Very dynamic yet it seems as if time slows down!
Posted By: nordcz
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Nicely cropped, but I doubt the poster actually took this picture.

Whoever did deserves our thanks, though. Incredible shot!
Posted By: Fuser
about 4 years, 2 months ago
He's credited the original photographer in the description. I wish people would read that more often.

Great job with the shot though. If something manages to top this as my wallpaper, it'd have to be really really stunning.
Posted By: Tim H.
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Yorkie X, the end of the description says this:

"Photo credit: NASA/Sandra Joseph and Kevin 'Connell."

This isn't Bruno Casarini's shot. He's just sharing this with us.
Posted By: Brandon
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Nice! Finally a good one that people voted through =)
Posted By: Stretix
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Spectacular! Such an amazing capture! I love the clouds and atmosphere, such crisp depth!
Posted By: Clyde
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Remarkable shot. Thanks for getting this on here :)
Posted By: firefly.serenity
about 4 years, 2 months ago
This is an amazing shot. You could stare at this for days and appreciate everything about this from technical proficiency to the incredible human accomplishment that is space travel.

One benign and totally unassuming question, though - I wasn't aware that we were "allowed" to submit non-originals to IFL. Of course, this isn't written anywhere (that I could find) but I had always assumed this to be so? I mean, the vast amount of just space-related photographs that are unbelievably spectacular would give IFL fodder for the next ten years...

I'm just curious. Don't look too deeply into this and shoot back that I am trying to be bureaucratic or nit-picky...:)
Posted By: AM photos
about 4 years, 2 months ago
WOW
Posted By: Binaryian
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Totally fierce!
Posted By: Beginning
about 4 years, 2 months ago
I agree with firefly.serenity about ( You could stare at this for days and appreciate everything about this from technical proficiency to the incredible human accomplishment that is space travel. ) It's seriously mind boggling... Thanks for sharing this image.
Posted By: paul.charles.k
about 4 years, 2 months ago
@firefly.serenity:

It is indeed against the rules: You have to check a box that says:

"By submitting this form I certify that the content of this submission is entirely my own work and that it does NOT contain ANY copyrighted or trademarked material from other persons and/or organizations."
Posted By: Brandobop
about 4 years, 2 months ago
I have never seen anything like this - the angle is just so amazing!
Posted By: firefly.serenity
about 4 years, 2 months ago
@paul.charles.k: Yeah, I saw that too. This NASA image is not protected by copyright, but that whole "...this submission is entirely my own work..." statement kind of throws a wrench into things. I would hate to discourage people from submitting awesome prints, but if this sort of thing is allowed, I will begin to submit my entire Magritte collection - they make phenomenal computer wallpapers.

@knaim2: This is an NASA-sanctioned photograph, as has been stated many times in the comment stream.
Posted By: UMER ASGHAR
about 4 years, 2 months ago
wowwwwww..... GOOD...... hats-off to the photographer... THX for interfacelift.com
Posted By: TheReal7
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Obviously this submission has been approved by IFL. As far as I know all submissions are screened. So does this mean the flood gates have been opened for anyone to submit other people's work? As much as this is a great photo I hope that this doesn't become the norm.
Posted By:
about 4 years, 2 months ago
ZOOM ZOOM
Posted By: knaim2
about 4 years, 2 months ago
@firefly.serenity my fault, I didn't go through all the comments.
Posted By: rgarjr
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Woah, mind blowing shot there.
Posted By: brizkit
about 4 years, 2 months ago
As cool as this shot is, I have to agree with those questioning the practice of submitting non-original work. Not only would it take a lot away from the heart and tradition of IFL, I also wonder about the legal implications. This is an ad-driven site, after all -- allowing a submission free-for-all could be a can of worms.
Posted By: Bojan Marsetich
about 4 years, 2 months ago
no comment :)
Posted By: Dhaman
about 4 years, 2 months ago
I love it.

Also, aren't NASA images public domain?
Posted By: pulsar68
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Simply wonderful. Just set as my desktop background.
Posted By: ikillers
about 4 years, 2 months ago
"I will begin to submit my entire Magritte collection - they make phenomenal computer wallpapers"

I can see where people are coming from in opposition, but I would love to see more "art" and such on this sight.
Posted By: obreuer
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Simply amazing. This picture represents so much more than just a photo.

For those who have not yet took the time to go to kennedy space center to see a launch, live, only two words: DO IT !

I saw the launch of the STS 127 last year, It's simply incredible ...

Great picture !
Posted By: LTD602
about 4 years, 2 months ago
@ obreuer:

Given the pace of change, there might not be much more chance to see such a launch!
Posted By: blast3r
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Simply splendid
Posted By: johnstorer
about 4 years, 2 months ago
THE best wallpaper of the past year!
Posted By: ccorsillo07
about 4 years, 2 months ago
One of the best I've seen on this site!
Posted By: james975
about 4 years, 2 months ago
This is the best. Ever.
Posted By: Tim H.
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Perhaps this was allowed because Bruno Casarini said the following at the end of his description:

"Kennedy Media Gallery: KSC-2010-1674

Photo credit: NASA/Sandra Joseph and Kevin 'Connell."

Although, I believe it would have been better to put this at the BEGINNING of the description for those who saw it and said, "whoa, tl;dr".

But more than that, they should have denied this in order to remain consistent with the fact that it says, "By submitting this form I certify that the content of this submission IS ENTIRELY MY OWN WORK... etc."
Posted By: Binaryian
about 4 years, 2 months ago
This isnt exactly the first NASA picture that IFL approves... I remember seeing some hubble picture not too long ago.
Posted By: Haak
about 4 years, 1 month ago
Haha Yorkie X. I think that everyone on this site knows how to use a camera...and quite well at that... sorry, anyway, AMAZING photo!
Posted By: Haak
about 4 years, 1 month ago
@TheReal7 and Brizkit : Great insight! I completely agree.
Posted By: Dr_Goodspeed
about 4 years, 1 month ago
i never log into this... i usually just browse randoms... but my God, this is beautiful. Amazing work!
Posted By: Gandee
about 4 years, 1 month ago
Nice image.

I think for the sake of consistency, this site should only allow original creations. If they continue to allow sharing images of external sources, there's a danger that this site could become simply a search engine for wall papers. PLEASE KEEP IT FOR ORIGINALS. Perhaps they could create a separate site to provide other links.
Posted By: Grizzly
about 4 years, 1 month ago
Phenomenal picture, thank you for posting :)
Posted By: markan20
about 4 years, 1 month ago
Great, really great! Svaka čast!
Posted By: s_e_brown
about 4 years, 1 month ago
One of a kind. It really doesn't get much better than this!
Posted By: Curlyb_Mac
about 3 years, 12 months ago
Wish I could have got a shot like this (I was there at the Kennedy Space Centre for both nights!) but not as close as this. Anyway I was shooting with a HD Video camera.
Posted By: broosewee
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Just wow. So nice!
Posted By: FlorinC
about 3 years, 3 months ago
Amazing shot, man excellent!! Killer colors, clarity, detail and composition.

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