Photos From A Shuttle Launch

Regular contributor of poetry Harvey Madison had an opportunity to be up close and personal at a Space Shuttle Launch. Harvey was kind enough to share those with us and some of them are presented below. You can find more (and larger) photos on Harvey’s web site. You can click on the images below to see a larger version of the photos.

Harvey had press credentials (and a lot of talent) and was thus able to get close enough to get the fabulous photos. Click on “Read the rest of this entry” below to see the photos.


The clouds cooperated beautifully for the photo-op the day before launch.

 shuttle22.jpg The rotating service structure (RSS) is fully retracted, and all that remains is fueling
 shuttle3.jpg The Beast as darkness falls and the arc lights come on.
 shuttle4.jpg Perhaps the best shot of the trip.
 shuttle5.jpg The crew access arm extended for morning ingress.
 shuttle6.jpg The adrenalin was definitely rising in all the media people as the launch approached.
 shuttle7.jpg This is what 8 million pounds of thrust looks like. It is so bright that any auto-metering camera ruins the exposures.
 shuttle8.jpg It takes 9 seconds for the sound and shock waves to get to the press site. It shakes your clothes, your bones, the ground. What a rush! This is why there is nothing like being there.
 shuttle9.jpg About to penetrate the clouds, the vehicle rolls into the head-down attitude.
 shuttle10.jpg Suddenly it’s over. I found myself saying, “Wait, wait, do it again!”

About Harvey H. Madison

Harvey Madison is a lifetime resident of West Texas, and was raised in the Southern Baptist Church. He has a B.A. in Psychology, and a Master of education. While earning his living as a photographer and photography educator, Madison is an activist in the areas of civil liberties and education. In 1989 he started the Center for Critical Thinking. He has served on the Texas state board of Common Cause, and has been on the chapter board of the American Civil Liberties Union, serving as its president for fourteen years. He attends and is past president of the Lubbock Unitarian Church. He loves everything about the sky, and flies his own plane, chases storms, uses an astronomical telescope, and has skydived.

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