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.
Palm Springs, California isn't only for golfers and rich people! There is a lot to see around it, like Joshua Tree National Park. But be careful, it can be extremely hot down there! This was taken in the park along the scenic route. They are very unique trees indeed!
Canon EOS 5D Mark II with EF24-105L IS USM. Developed in Adobe Lightroom. Adjustments in Adobe Photoshop.
The only road that connects byway 12 to Page, Arizona. It's an impressive dirt road which never ends, or so it seems. And here I had no idea I was a couple minutes from a nice paved highway, but I had to stop and glance at the moon-like landscape behind me.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, with EF24-105L IS USM. Developed in Adobe Lightroom with adjustments in Adobe Photoshop.