Thursday, April 1, 2010

Space Shuttle Atlantis Mission STS-129 Launch Photos

Space Shuttle Atlantis Mission STS-129 launched at 2:28pm on November 16th, 2009.


STS-129 focused on staging spare components outside the station. The 11-day flight included three spacewalks. The payload bay carried two large ExPRESS Logistics Carriers holding two spare gyroscopes, two nitrogen tank assemblies, two pump modules, an ammonia tank assembly, a spare latching end effector for the station's robotic arm, a spare trailing umbilical system for the Mobile Transporter, and a high-pressure gas tank. STS-129 was the first flight of an ExPRESS Logistics Carrier. The completion of this mission leaves five space shuttle flights remaining until the end of the program. (Source: Wikipedia.org)


Once again, photographer & super-VIP Alan Walters (http://awaltersphoto.com/) lined up access to NASA's Banana Creek VIP launch viewing site! Alan was also able to secure a pass for my friend - super-talented photographer Zekeshem Parsons ( http://www.bluelanephoto.com). Shem used the opportunity to view the launch, rather than shoot it, though she did snap a few candids of me and Alan.

This is the first launch I've attended that has been "Go for launch" on the first attempt! What a treat!

Enough text... here are some photos!

The full set can be viewed here: http://images.willhawkinsphotography.com/STS-129-Launch-16NOV09/

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch: Liftoff!

More photos after the break!


Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch: Pre-ignition

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch: Ignition & liftoff!

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch: Liftoff!



Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch: Liftoff!

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch: Atlantis begins rotating

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch: Atlantis begins rotating

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch: Atlantis has rotated

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch: Atlantis in the clouds

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch: Atlantis has cleared the clouds

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch: Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) Separation

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch: SRB Separation

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch: SRBs falling towards earth

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch: This is the main engine halo ring that can be seen on the NASA videos. I don't quite understand what causes this effect.

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch: Wide/tall view of launch

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch: Wide/tall view of launch

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch: Wide/tall view of launch

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Launch: Wide/tall view of launch

1 comment:

Zekeshem said...

Fantastic pix, Liam!! Love the wide/tall shots, very cool. So happy I was able to be there, what an amazing experience! Thank you!! :)