The other night… well, early in the morning hours, I stepped outside onto my porch to watch history being made.  I don’t live far from Kennedy Space Center, so I have a front row seat to every shuttle and rocket launch that take off from the Cape.  I know. I’m a lucky gal.  So at 4:14 am EST, Monday, I watched shuttle Endeavour light up the sky in a golden glow.

A friend and former aerospace colleague of mine sent this to me this evening.  It’s so beautiful I wanted to share it with you.  A historic moment when mankind was once again vaulted into the vast weightlessness of space.

Night Launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour
Credit: NASA

Explanation: Sometimes, the space shuttle launches at night. Pictured above, the space shuttle Endeavour lifted off in yesterday’s early morning hours from Launch Pad 39A in Kennedy Space CenterFloridaUSA, bound for theInternational Space Station (ISS). A night launch, useful for reaching the space station easily during some times of the year, frequently creates vivid launch imagery. The shuttle, as pictured above, is framed by an enormous but typicalexhaust plume ejected as the shuttle’s powerful rockets began lifting the two million kilogram space bus into Earth orbit. Endeavour’s mission, labeled STS-130, includes the delivery of the Tranquility module to the space station. Tranquility will provide extra room for space station astronauts and includes a large circular set of windows designed to bestow vastly improved views of the Earth, the night sky, and the space station itself.

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