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.
This is a shot of one of three white tigers living at my local zoo here in Singapore. They were in the news in November 2008 after they killed a deranged man who jumped into their enclosure. This is a picture of one of the two females. I've visited several times in the past few weeks and she is usually lounging around whenever I stop by-- letting the male pace around and keep watch for intruders. This time, however, she caught sight of me, started growling, and made me quite happy that there was a moat separating us.
Monopod. Canon EOS 450D, EF100-400mm f4.5-5.6L USM at f5.6, 1/500, ISO 800. Processed using Camera Raw.
I stayed out during the evening meal time to get a great sunset in Tuscany. Several other drivers pulled off the autostrada on the right. I got here early, and waited on the color and the clouds to develop. I sat in a wheat field for what seemed like forever before I got the perfect shot.