Remarks: Space Shuttle Discovery on final approach for Runway 15 at the Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility for the final time. After landing she was towed back to the Orbiter Processing Facility where she will be prepped for museum exhibit.
Remarks: Space Shuttle Discovery launches into orbit for the final time of her historic career on a 11 day mission to the International Space Station. Discovery is carrying a permanent multipurpose module which will add some much needed storage space to the ISS.
Remarks: Space Shuttle Atlantis is seen shortly after completing her roll program. This was to be the final launch of Altantis, but one final mission has been added for the middle of 2011, the final launch of the space shuttle program.
Remarks: A Delta IV Heavy rocket lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying a National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite. Standing at nearly 24 stories tall, it is currently the worlds largest rocket by height. This was only the fourth launch of the Delta 4 Heavy so I was quite happy to shoot it.
Remarks: A look inside of Space Shuttle Firing Room 4 at the Kennedy Space Center. On the wall can be seen recently installed Space Shuttle Orbiter tribute posters, displayed from l-r are Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour.
Remarks: Space Shuttle Discovery heads towards launch complex 39-A for what was to be the final time. Multiple delays and repairs caused for a rollback to the VAB where she emerged once again during late January 2011. Discovery will launch on her final 38th and final mission to the International Space Station in late February 2011.