Space Shuttle Discovery Landing(Updated Pictures Pg. 2)

Space Shuttle Discovery Landing(Updated Pictures Pg. 2)

Postby GBloore on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 5:16 am

I had the amazing opportunity to shoot the Shuttle landing yesterday at Edwards AFB. It was tough to not put down the equipment and just enjoy the moment. What an experience!!

At first glance I thought my images were appearing oversharpened and the contrast was wrong but then I realized it was from how dirty and beat up the orbiter is after the rigors of re-entry.

Here are some of the shots. I hope you enjoy.

Glenn

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Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Postby 2shae on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 5:59 am

Lovely set and you were so lucky to get so close!

I managed to see Atlantis return to KSC in April 2002 but obviously wasn't as close as this. What really stood out was the sonic boom and being able to see the shuttle from about 65,000 feet and spiral all the way down very quickly!

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Postby scotthldr on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 6:44 am

Absolutely brilliant stuff, you must be well pleased with them.
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Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Postby Harlequin67 on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 7:52 am

Very nice indeed.

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Postby fg1 on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 7:55 am

How do you top that? Amazing!!! :clap:
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Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Postby DarrenBe on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 8:04 am

Very nice.
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Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Postby chrisd on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 8:15 am

:drool: :drool: :drool: WOW
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Postby nigelblake on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 8:27 am

:drool: Wow, wow and double wow! what a fantastic experience to see that.
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Postby 197cup on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 8:42 am

now thats something you dont see everyday i'm just a tad jealouse. Great pics to :smile:
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Postby Russ on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 9:28 am

Wow indeed. Superb! :cool: :clap: :drool:
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Postby Arno 01 on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 10:04 am

Fantastic shots Glenn, once in a lifetime shoots :clap: :clap:
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Postby timuss on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 10:23 am

Now they are awesome great shots :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Postby athlete1 on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 10:40 am

Fantastic pictures
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Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Postby StevenH on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 11:58 am

Superb.
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Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Postby tu114cleat on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 12:11 pm

Excellent. :drool: :drool: :drool: Thanks for sharing your photographs with us.
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Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Postby colevans on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 2:15 pm

When the shuttle takes off you have to be a certain number of miles away....does this not apply to the landing as I thought that the craft still gave off some nasty stuff even on landing...you can shoot me if I'm being thick...
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Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Postby Charles022 on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 3:15 pm

The first one looks really werid :P Great shots would love to do that! :topbombing:
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Postby DaveGriff on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 4:46 pm

All stunning but the shot with U/C up is unique! Thanks for posting these - photo of the week with no contest!
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Postby Trevster on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 4:55 pm

DanO1978 wrote:Quick question - the first pic has the gear tucked away, which suggests they must drop the gear VERY late? They don't do a run and break, do they? :shock: :drool:


Deployed at around 300 feet which does seem hellishly late...
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Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Postby garethbrum on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 4:59 pm

Great shots.

The orbiter needs to slow to around 260mph for gear extension I believe and she touches down at around 210mph.
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Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Postby Blackbird on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 5:37 pm

Outstanding - what a sight!

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Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Postby A380-001 on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 5:38 pm

oh wow what a sight
fantastic shots and how lucky to be able to be there and take the shots
superb :clap: :drool: :topbombing: :rock:

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Postby jaguarfarewellday on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 5:50 pm

thanks for posting these awesome photographs :drool: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
what we have here is a complete lack of respect for the law !
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Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Postby MicrolightDriver on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 6:29 pm

Great photos of what still must be one of aviation's most jaw-dropping happenings. Even though lowering the landing gear is a last minute thing, it's still amazing to see it captured so clearly 'wheels up'. :clap:

Will you be there to see the piggyback ride over to Florida? :smile:
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Postby Stu on Sun 13 Sep 2009, 6:43 pm

Ace shots :clap: :clap: :clap:
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