After a surprisingly relaxing weekend, well needed at that, the family and I gathered in the front yard to watch the Space Shuttle Discovery launch perfectly at 7:43 this evening. The dusk launch was perfect viewing, although the camera phone pics as expected didn’t come out very well. The plume of smoke was a beautiful array of colours in the sunset, ranging from dusky dark reds and oranges, up to blue and bright white before the solid fuel boosters were detached. We then continued watching the glow of the shuttle until it disappeared over the horizon on its way to the space station.
Here’s the story: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/16/science/space/16shuttle.html?hp