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October 25, 2006

Breathtaking

One of two impressive images of a space shuttle launch from this site. The site claims these were taken from the ISS. Other folks claim they were taken from a chase plane. (What say you, CWF?)

ShuttleLaunch.jpg

Update: CodeWritinFool replies, "Chase plane. Two reasons:

1. NASA flies a plane known as WB-57 for this very purpose.

2. Shuttle flights to the ISS are launched when the ISS is OVER the Cape, generally +- 5 minutes. The fact that this image is shot from a side view says that the orbital planes are not likely to be coincident. Plane-change maneuvers require lots of fuel, something the Shuttle doesn't have a lot of once in-orbit."

Posted by joke du jour at October 25, 2006 09:02 PM

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Is this photo public domain?

Posted by: Peter Kokh at November 8, 2007 04:43 PM

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