Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Space Shuttle Atlantis Mission STS-129 Landing Photos

Space Shuttle Atlantis Mission STS-129, which launched at 2:28pm on November 16th, 2009, landed at 9:44am on Friday, November 27th, 2009 after a successful mission.

Atlantis landed on runway 33 at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility as planned on a cold but picture perfect morning.

Aerospace & nature photographer Alan Walters (http://www.awaltersphoto.com) invited me out to shoot the landing. I asked him where, on base, we had access... "Not on base." I asked him about which off-base road we'd be shooting from "Probably not on land."

We met up around 8am in Titusville and, with the help of a friend of his, launched a fishing boat into the water!

We spent about an hour, motoring into position and awaiting the landing.

Around 9:40am, Atlantis announced its arrival to the vicinity with two sonic booms. Another minute or so later, we spotter the orbiter finishing its 300 degree turn above KSC. Moments later, it was in photo range... then... touchdown!


Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Landing by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Landing at Kennedy Space Center

More photos of the landing approach after the break!


Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Landing by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Landing at Kennedy Space Center

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Landing by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Landing at Kennedy Space Center

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Landing by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Landing at Kennedy Space Center

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Landing by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Landing at Kennedy Space Center

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Landing by Will Hawkins
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Landing at Kennedy Space Center

1 comment:

Zekeshem said...

Such a gorgeous blue sky! Never seen a shuttle landing...what a cool view from the water!