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      #2988870 - 03/17/09 01:22 PM Attachment (75 downloads)

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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Re: Discovery Launch new [Re: CarlosEH]
      #2988944 - 03/17/09 02:13 PM

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

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CarlosEH
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Re: Discovery Launch new [Re: Jeremy Perez]
      #2989009 - 03/17/09 03:00 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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JayinUT
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Re: Discovery Launch new [Re: CarlosEH]
      #2989043 - 03/17/09 03:25 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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Re: Discovery Launch new [Re: JayinUT]
      #2989255 - 03/17/09 05:32 PM

That is awesome!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Discovery Launch new [Re: darkstar528]
      #2989362 - 03/17/09 06:46 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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Re: Discovery Launch new [Re: CarlosEH]
      #2989530 - 03/17/09 08:59 PM

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

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Re: Discovery Launch new [Re: Tommy5]
      #2989575 - 03/17/09 09:32 PM

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

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Re: Discovery Launch new [Re: rolandlinda3]
      #2989638 - 03/17/09 10:16 PM

Roland and Tommy,

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

Carlos

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Re: Discovery Launch new [Re: CarlosEH]
      #2989746 - 03/17/09 11:10 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.

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Re: Discovery Launch new [Re: frank5817]
      #2991287 - 03/18/09 07:10 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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Re: Discovery Launch new [Re: CarlosEH]
      #2994787 - 03/20/09 05:17 PM

Well done I thought it was a photo at first glance

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Re: Discovery Launch new [Re: FoxK]
      #2995840 - 03/21/09 10:01 AM

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

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Re: Discovery Launch new [Re: Special Ed]
      #2996868 - 03/21/09 06:36 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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Re: Discovery Launch new [Re: CarlosEH]
      #3038851 - 04/11/09 09:50 PM

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

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Re: Discovery Launch [Re: kraterkid]
      #3039261 - 04/12/09 06:19 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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