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#1 CarlosEH

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 12:22 PM

I was able to view the spectacular launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-119) on March 15, 2009 (07:43 P.M. EDT) from South Florida. This was the most beautiful launch of the Space Shuttle that I have seen from South Florida to date. Discovery lit up the northern twilight sky with a multitude of colors. The section surrounding the Space Shuttle was a brilliant red-orange color with flashes of white. The launch trail following the shuttle was a pale orange-yellow with the tail of the trail a pastel orange color being sheared apart.

The Space Shuttle Discovery carries seven astronauts including a Japanese astronaut (Koichi Wakata) who will be part of the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) until May, 2009. The mission (STS-119) is to deploy the last two solar arrays (115 feet (35-meters) long each) of the International Space Station (ISS). STS-119 is scheduled to return on March 28, 2009 at 01:43 PM EDT.

I was very lucky to see this wonderful view of the pace Shuttle Discovery being launched. I hope that others in the region got to view the event as well.

Carlos

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#2 Jeremy Perez

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 01:13 PM

Wow! Carlos, congratulations on viewing the launch, and how awesome that you sketched the scene. Beautifully done.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 02:00 PM

Jeremy,

Thank you for the compliment on my Shuttle Discovery observation. I was fortunate to have viewed the event. I look forward to your future observations.

Carlos

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 02:25 PM

I simply love this sketch Carlos! You've brought back memories of living in Florida to me. That is one I would put on my desktop.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 04:32 PM

That is awesome!!!!!!!!! :bow: :bow: :bow:

#6 CarlosEH

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 05:46 PM

Jay and Stephen,

Thank you for the compliments on my Discovery launch observation. It was a sight to behold as the shuttle rise to the heavens in a blue sky.

Carlos

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 07:59 PM

Wow great sketch of the shuttle launch, looks very realistic, thanks for posting.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 08:32 PM

Carlos, what a wonderful catch and sketch!!! Roland

#9 CarlosEH

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 09:16 PM

Roland and Tommy,

Thank you for you compliments on my shuttle launch observation. It was a great event!

Carlos

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 10:10 PM

Carlos,

Thank you so much for posting this fantastic drawing of the Shuttle launch from your bird's eye location. This must be a sight to behold live and in color.

Frank :)

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 06:10 PM

Frank,

Thank you for the compliment on my Discovery launch observation. It was the best launch I have seen from my South Florida location.

Carlos

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 04:17 PM

Well done :) I thought it was a photo at first glance :)

#13 Special Ed

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 09:01 AM

Outstanding drawing, Carlos. :bow: What a sight that must be to witness!

#14 CarlosEH

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 05:36 PM

Fox and Michael,

Thank you for the compliments on my Discovery launch observation. I was very fortunate to have witnessed the shuttle launch against a beautiful sky.

Fox- Your ISS and shuttle images are outstanding. Thank you for sharing them with us all.

Carlos

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 08:50 PM

Awesome sketch Carlos! The long arc of the trajectory is rendered with such accuracy. What an great capture my friend!

#16 CarlosEH

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 05:19 AM

Rich,

Thank you for the compliment on my Discovery launch observation. I was in the right place and at the right time to be able to witness this impressive launch. I hope to catch many more launches (The new Ares V rocket is supposed to be bigger than the Saturn V which was a very impressive sight in the Florida sky)

Carlos


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